• Chris Hemsworth has optioned the film rights to Steve Earle’s novel I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which he will star in. Benjamin Grayson adapted the novel for the screen, and will be making his directional debut with the indie. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, who is haunted by Hank Williams’ ghost after his hand in the country singer’s death in 1953. Doc subsequently has his medical license revoked. Ten years later, now in the red-light district of San Antonio, Texas, Doc performs illegal medical procedures in order to purchase morphine, while still experiencing visits from Williams. Hemsworth will produce alongside Laura Bickford. [The Wrap]

• Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) is in talks for director Shane Black’s The Nice Guys. The Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures crime drama already stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. If the deal goes through, it would mark Qualley’s first major studio role. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, private detective Holland March (Gosling) and tough guy Jackson Healy (Crowe) investigate the case of a missing girl and the death of a porn star. They discover a jarring conspiracy in the process. Joel Silver is producing. Hal Sadoff, Michael Malone, and Waypoint Entertainment’s Jen Kao are executive producing. The film is scheduled for a June 17, 2016 release. [Variety]

THR later reported that Qualley has been cast and that she will be joined by Angourie Rice, who will play Gosling’s daughter. [THR]

• Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones) is joining Bleed for This, which stars Miles Teller as real-life boxer Vinny Pazienza, who broke his neck in a car crash at the peak of his career. Beating the odds, Vinny made a miraculous recovery and soon trained again under the direction of Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart). He returned to the ring just a year after the accident. Hinds will play Vinny’s father, Angelo. Ben Younger is writing and directing. Martin Scorsese and Joshua Sason are executive producing. Younger is producing alongside Bruce Cohen, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Noah Kraft, and Chad A. Verdi. [THR]

• MacKenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) is in final negotiations for Ridley Scott‘s The Martian. The sci-fi film, from 20th Century Fox, stars Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. Davis will have a small, but important role. The story follows Damon’s character, an astronaut, who gets stranded on Mars and must make it back to Earth. Genre Films partners Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are producing alongside Scott. Fox executive Steve Asbell will oversee for the studio. [The Wrap]

• Sean Maher (Firefly) has signed on for a lead role in ISRA-88. The indie sci-fi thriller, which will be directed by Thomas Zellen, follows a spaceship, ISRA-88, and its crew, who are tasked with uncovering the end of the universe. Maher will play scientist Dr. Abe Anderson, who breaks down during the prolonged mission. Filming begins later this month in Michigan. [The Wrap]

• Ryan Guzman (Step Up All In) has been cast in Richard Linklater’s baseball pic That’s What I’m Talking About. Set in the 1980s, the film follows a college freshman who moves into a baseball house with his wild, partying teammates. Guzman might be joined by Blake Jenner (Glee), Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf), and Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), who have all received offers. [Deadline]