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Casting Net: Benjamin Walker lands lead in Nicholas Sparks' 'The Choice'

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• Benjamin Walker will part with his presidential past as the male lead in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Choice. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star will play Travis Parker in the story that spans a decade long love affair in a small coastal town. Bryan Sipe (A Million Miles) wrote the screenplay with no director currently attached. [Deadline]

• Rosa Salazar has just joined the cast of another YA trilogy. The Parenthood actress will play Brenda in the sequel Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, which will once again be directed by Wes Ball and star Dylan O’Brien. The character is only the second female lead to be introduced into the series and ends up being paired with O’Brien’s character when they both are on the run in tunnels underneath the city. Salazar will also appear in Insurgent, the upcoming sequel to Divergent. [THR]

• Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Geraldine Chaplin (Doctor Zhivago) have joined the adaptation to Patrick Ness’ children’s fantasy novel A Monster Calls. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) is directing the tale of a young boy who escapes reality into a fantasy world of monsters and fairy tales in order to cope with his mother’s illness and school bullies. Production has already begun on the film that stars Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson with Ness writing the screenplay. [Deadline]

• Jai Courtney (Divergent) has been cast in the post-apocalyptic thriller Man Down starring Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Toby Kebbell. Courtney will play the best friend of a haunted Afghanistan war veteran searching for his family while trying to understand his past in a post-dooms day America. Writer/director Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) is at the helm with a script by Adam Simon. [Deadline]

• Tony Revolori, the young breakout star of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, has been cast opposite Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), and Alex Roe (The Calling) in the sci-fi film The Fifth Wave. Based on the Rick Yancey novel, J. Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) is directing the film adapted by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) with Revolori playing an easygoing medic and one of the young human rebels who must rise against “the Others.” [Variety]

• The Hundred-Foot Journey’s Manish Dayal will produce and star in an adaptation of Anjan Sundaram’s book Stringer: A Reporter’s Year in the Congo about a Yale graduate who turns down a job at Goldman Sachs to work in the Congo for 18 months. [Variety]

• Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) will portray German director Leni Riefenstahl in the Jesse Owens biopic Race. Riefenstahl directed Triumph of the Will, the infamous Nazi documentary and propaganda piece and was invited to the 1936 Olympics by Hitler to capture the game’s events. Stephen Hopkins (House of Lies) is directing the film with Stephan James (When the Game Stands Tall) starring as Owen and featuring Jeremy Irons and Jason Sudeikis. [THR]

• Clémence Poésy (The Tunnel), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys) and Laura Birn (A Walk Among The Tombstones) will all star in the psychological thriller The Ones Below by writer David Farr (Hanna) who will make his feature directing debut on the film about two neighboring couples each expecting a baby. [Deadline]

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