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  • Teyonah Parris (Mad Men) has joined the cast of Spike Lee’s Chiraq which already includes Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven and Wesley Snipes. The film is a modern take on the Greek comedy Lysistrata set in a gun violence-filled Chicago. Parris will be playing the role of Lysistrata, a sexy woman with a strong will. Lee wrote the screenplay and will produce. [The Hollywood Reporter]

  • Alyson Hannigan is boarding the gay marriage drama Modern Love, starring Kate Walsh, Anthony Rapp and Jonathan Bennett. Joshua Tunick is directing from his own script, which follows a close group of friends and family who are gathering at the home of two gay men (Rapp and Bennett) for their wedding. But the wedding hits a snag and the group must help the grooms to understand that all marriages face challenges. Shooting has begun in Los Angeles. [Variety]

  • Michael Stuhlbarg will be starring opposite Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in the sci-fi flick Story of Your Life. Denis Villeneuve will direct from a screenplay penned by Eric Heisserer. The film starts with aliens landing on planet Earth, forcing the military to recruit a linguistic expert (Adams) to figure out whether the aliens are a threat or mean them no harm. Stuhlbarg will play Agent Halpern, a CIA agent who is focusing on the international relations relating to the project. [The Hollywood Reporter]

  • Eion Bailey (Ray Donovan) will play the lead in the Phil Volken-directed maritime thriller Extortion. Bailey will play a doctor who is on vacation with his family in the Caribbean and finds himself stranded and then extorted by a migrant fisherman. The deal that he strikes sends him on a long journey to reunite with his family. The film is currently shooting in Puerto Rico. [Deadline]

  • Dancing With the StarsKarina Smirnoff will co-star in the indie comedy Tango Shalom. Jos Laniado stars as Moshe, a Hasidic Jew who receives a message from God that he must dance the tango, causing him to struggle with his beliefs. Smirnoff will portray Viviana, a sensuous tango instructor. Tango Shalom will begin production next month in New York. [The Wrap]

  • Sanaa Lathan will be starring in and executive producing the movie adaptation of Omar Tyree’s Flyy Girl book trilogy. Lathan will play Tracy Ellison a successful workaholic who thinks money is the key to happiness. Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) will pen the script. [Variety]