Casting Net: Dwayne Johnson in early talks for 'The Janson Directive'
• Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6) is in early talks to star in the Robert Ludlum adaptation The Janson Directive for Universal. The book, published after Ludlum’s death, follows an ex-Navy Seal who is forced on the run when a rescue mission goes bad. There is no writer or director attached at this early stage, but according to the report, it could be a potential franchise. [THR]
• Pitch Perfect 2 has added a cappella group The Filharmonic to its ever-growing ensemble cast. The six-member group recently appeared on The Sing-Off. [THR]
• Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards) will star opposite Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult in Equals, about a futuristic society where emotions have been eliminated–that is until a disease starts spreading and “activating” them. The victims of the disease are then sent away. Drake Dormeus (Like Crazy) is directing off a script from Nathan Parker (Moon). [Deadline]
• Matthew Rhys (The Americans) will star in the indie WWII pic Darling Buds of May about a British officer who teams up with a German fugitive to find his son in France during the Nazi occupation. Christian Carion (Joyeux Noel) is set to direct. [Deadline]