Casting Net: Tom Cruise, Joseph Kosinski reunite for 'Go Like Hell'
• Tom Cruise is teaming up again with his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski for the upcoming drama, Go Like Hell. The drama will tell the story of the competition between Ford Motor Company and Italian sports car designer Enzo Ferrari and the events that occurred at the 1966 Le Mans race as a result. The film is based off the book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A.J. Baime [THR]
• Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses) is set to star in Mary Agnes Donoghue‘s (White Oleander) new indie comedy Jenny’s Wedding. Heigl will play the titular character in the upcoming film, which centers around a woman who causes a massive sea-change in the lives of her closely knit, highly conventional family when she finally decides to marry. Tom Wilkinson (The Lone Ranger), Linda Emond (Julie & Julia), and Grace Gummer (The Newsroom) will also star alongside Heigl in the upcoming comedy.
• Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) will team up with writer/director Andrew Niccol for the third time in his upcoming as-yet-untitled film. Hawke will play a Las Vegas-based drone pilot in the thriller, which sees his character balancing fights with the Taliban with fights in suburbia and his wife and kids. Hawke and Niccol previously worked together on Gattaca and Lord of War. [Deadline]
• Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Stuhlbarg is slated to appear alongside Tobey Maguire (The Great Gatsby) and Liev Schreiber (Lee Daniel’s The Butler) in the upcoming Bobby Fischer chess drama, Pawn Sacrifice. The film focuses on Fischer’s rivalry against Soviet-born Boris Spassky. Stuhlbarg will play Fischer’s advisor and attorney in the film directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai). [THR]
• Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice (Fun Size) will star in the upcoming indie rom-com Naomi + Ely’s No Kiss List. The film is based off the best-selling novel by popular young adult authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and centers around two NYU freshmen and childhood best friends who end up falling for the same guy. Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer (Step Up 3D) will adapt the story for the big screen.
• The Walking Dead’s Lennie James is the latest actor to join the cast of the upcoming James Brown biopic, Get On Up. The film about Brown’s rise to fame stars Chadwick Boseman (42), Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station), and Viola Davis (Ender’s Game). James will play Brown’s father in the upcoming biopic directed by Tate Taylor (The Help). [Variety]
• Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), Lea Seydoux Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby), and Olivia Colman (I Give It A Year) have all signed on to star in Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos‘ (Dogtooth) upcoming romantic drama, The Lobster. The film marks Lanthimos’ first English-language project and imagines a dystopian future where singles must find a partner in 45 days or risk being turned into animals and sent into the woods. [THR]
• Tim Daly (Private Practice), Mario van Peebles (Ali), Cody Christian (Pretty Little Liars) and singer-turned-actress Willa Ford (Anna Nicole) have all joined the cast of the indie thriller Submerged. The film follows a group of college kids on a limo ride home that quickly turns from party to panic after their limo is forced off the road and into a canal by a ring of vengeful kidnappers. The cast already includes Talulah Riley (In A World…), Rosa Salazar (Parenthood), Caleb Hunt (Days of Our Lives), Giles Matthey (True Blood), Jonathon Bennett (Mean Girls) and Denzel Whitaker (Warrior). Steven C. Miller is directing off a script by Scott Milam. [The Hollywood Reporter]