Casting Net: Noomi Rapace in talks to join Will Smith in 'Brilliance'
• Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) is in talks to star opposite Will Smith in the sci-fi thriller Brilliance. The Marcus Sakey adaptation imagines a world where 1 percent of humans (the brilliants) are born with supernatural powers. Federal agent Nick Cooper (Smith) is a 1 percenter who specialized in hunting terrorists. He meets his match in a fellow brilliant intent on starting a civil war. Rapace will play yet another of these special beings who the government also determines is a terrorist. Julius Onah (The Girl Is in Trouble) is set to direct. [Deadline]
• Ken Jeong, of the recently canceled Community, is nearing a deal to join The DUFF, a high school comedy about a girl (Mae Whitman) who finds out that she is the Designated Ugly Fat Friend of her group. As revenge, she plots to overthrow the popular girl in school (Bella Thorne). Ari Sandel is directing. [The Wrap]
• Nicholas Braun (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures), Craig Roberts (Neighbors), and Israel Broussard (The Bling Ring) will co-star in Chris McCoy‘s Black List coming-of-age comedy Good Kids. The good kids in question graduate high school and realize they haven’t had enough life experiences, so they try to remedy that in Cape Cod. [THR]
• Mischa Barton (The OC) will play an editor in Cloudland, a supernatural thriller about a journalist (Drew Fuller) who decides to investigate a cult after the mysterious death of his sister (Katie Parker). Alex Bram will make his feature debut on the pic. [The Wrap]
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