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  • Julia Roberts is going to work with her Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride director, Garry Marshall, once more. The actress has been cast in Mother’s Day, Marshall’s latest ensemble film, following his Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis are in talks for the film, which tracks a handful of mothers and their intertwining stories leading up to the titular holiday. Anya Kochoff-Romano and Lily Hollander wrote the script. Production is expected to begin in August. [Deadline]
  • Rooney Mara (The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) is reportedly in negotiations to reteam with director David Fincher for his HBO drama series Utopia, which would have her in the role of Jessica Hyde. Based on the British show from creator Dennis Kelly, and written by Gone Girl author and EW alum Gillian Flynn, the revamped Utopia tells the story of some devout fans of an iconic, but low-key novel, who find out that the author has written a sequel, unbeknownst to many—and mystery soon follows. Production for Utopia, for which HBO gave a straight-to-series order, is expected to start later this year. [The Wrap]
  • Anthony Mackie will play Martin Luther King Jr. in HBO’s adaptation of Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way, which has Bryan Cranston returning to his Tony Award-winning role as President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Jay Roach is directing and Steven Spielberg is executive producing the play adaptation, which tracks LBJ from his assumption of the presidency upon John F. Kennedy’s assassination through his first year in office. Mackie, whose upcoming films include Our Brand Is Crisis and Captain America: Civil War, will reportedly have a “significant” role that “portrays a far more collaborative and complex relationship than was depicted in the Best Picture nominee Selma,” according to Deadline. In addition to Spielberg, Schenkkan, Roach, Cranston, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are also executive producing. [Deadline]
  • John Heard, Cloris Leachman, Jacinda Barrett, Dash Mihok, and Jessica Collins are joining Alfre Woodard and Talitha Bateman in So B. It, which Stephen Gyllenhaal is directing and Garry Williams is writing. Based on Sarah Weeks’ YA novel, So B. It follows a 12-year-girl (Bateman) who embarks on a solo cross-country trip, leaving the comforts of home with her mentally challenged mother (Collins) and agoraphobic neighbor (Woodard) behind. Production is scheduled to start on July 13 in Los Angeles. [Variety]
  • Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs) will star as high school student Brooke in God’s Not Dead 2, a religious drama that shows Brooke’s parents suing her teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) for quoting Bible verses in school. The original similarly showed a conflict between a non-believer and an evangelical Christian. Production for God’s Not Dead 2 is currently underway in Arlansas. [Deadline]
  • Callum Blue and Nadine Velazquez are set to star in The Charnel House alongside Mackenzie Moss and Erik LaRay Harvey. Craig Moss is directing the film, with Emanuel Isler and Chad Israel writing. The story follows a successful British architect (Blue) who is finally able to convert an abandoned slaughterhouse into contemporary lofts, but his dream soon leads his family and tenants into a huge mystery. Velazquez will play his wife, with Moss as their daughter. Shooting is currently underway in Cleveland. [Variety]