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  • Kate Mara is set to play Megan Leavey in a biopic about the Iraq war hero. The film will be directed by Blackfish’s Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Pamela Gray wrote the script, with revisions from Annie Mumolo, Tim Lovestedt, and Jordan Roberts. It tells the story of Leavey, who worked as a marine in the K9 bomb sniffing unit alongside combat dog Rex. Both were injured in an explosion in 2006, but Leavey received a purple heart and was discharged and Rex continued on, so she waited to adopt him—and when he was going to be euthanized, five years later, she petitioned to save him and won. [Deadline]
  • Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Selma) is set to star in an untitled film based on the life of Collin Warner, a then 18-year-old who was living in 1980’s Brooklyn and was wrongly convicted of murder—and spent 20 years in prison as a result. Warner was ultimately released in 2001, after the true killer named himself. Nnamdi Asomugha will play Carl King, Warner’s friend who did not have a formal legal background but worked hard to free the innocent prisoner. Matt Ruskin wrote and directed the work, which starts filming in New York City on September 9. [Deadline]
  • Jon Daly, Taran Killam, Hunter Parrish, Analeigh Tipton, and Shannon Woodward have been cast in The Runaround from director Gavin Wiesen and writer Seth W. Owen. The indie comedy follows a workaholic father (J.K. Simmons) who teams with his daughter’s awkward ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) when he realizes that she’s gone missing—and they try to locate her in one, wild night. Kristen Schaal was also recently cast in the film as, THR writes, a “high-strung, New Age-Y woman who hosts the two men in her home.” [THR]
  • Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are joining Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in Nocturnal Animals. Tom Ford is directing, writing, and producing the film, which is told in two parts and is based on Austin Wright’s 1993 novel Tony And Susan. The first is about a woman (Adams) whose ex-husband asks her for her opinion on his book manuscript, 20 years after their separation. The second tracks a man (Gyllenhaal) whose family vacation goes down a violent path. In this part, Shannon will appear as a detective investigating the violence with Taylor-Johnson as a “mysterious figure who may pose a threat to Gyllenhaal’s family.” [Variety]
  • Brooklyn’s Jenn Murray is set for a key role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. David Yates is directing the film, and J.K. Rowling is writing the script. Based on Rowling’s book, which added to her Harry Potter universe, the film follows magiczoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in his worldwide quest to find and document magical creatures—his discoveries ultimately became a Hogwarts schoolbook. Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, and Colin Farrell also star. Murray will reportedly appear with Miller’s character, who opposes Newt. The film is due in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016. [The Wrap]