Casting Net: '42' star to play James Brown; Plus, Gael Garcia Bernal
• Chadwick Boseman broke out this past year with his turn as Jackie Robinson in the baseball pic 42, and looks set to take on another iconic role: James Brown. Tate Taylor, who directed The Help, will helm the project for Universal, with Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger producing. According to the report, the movie will be a fairly comprehensive look at Brown’s early life and rise to stardom. [Variety]
• Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) is set to star as Moises in Jonás Cuarón‘s Spanish-language border drama Desierto. In the film, a drunk American vigilante decides to be his own border patrol, implicating and endangering the lives of two immigrants trying to cross into the U.S. Cuarón co-wrote Gravity with his father Alfonso Cuarón (who will also produce Desierto), and directed the 2007 drama Year of the Nail. Bernal starred recently in the Oscar-nominated No, and is currently at work on a number of projects including Jon Stewart’s Rosewater. [Variety]
• Scott Eastwood (Clint’s son) is set to join the World War II tank drama Fury, alongside Brad Pitt, Shia LaBoeuf, and Logan Lerman from director David Ayer. Eastwood has appeared in a number of his father’s directing projects including Gran Torino, Flags of Our Fathers, and Invictus. [Deadline]
• So You Think You Can Dance season 4 contestant Stephen Boss is set to return as Jason for Step Up 5. Trish Sie, a choreographer and music video director for the likes of OK Go (including “Here It Goes Again”) is helming the project. [THR]
• Jaime Pressly has joined the horror comedy A Haunted House 2 alongside Marlon Wayans, who said in the press release announcing the news: “It’s our goal to broaden and enhance the audience experience with even bigger comedy and fresh points of view.” Production begins immediately on the project.
• Beautiful Creatures actress Rachel Brosnahan, who also appeared in House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, is set to star in the indie The Sainthood of Bethany Wolfe, from first time feature director Dustin McLean. It’s about a girl who sees her parents murdered and grows up to be a contract killer. [The Wrap]