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Casting Net: Joaquim de Almeida and Zoe Kazan join Sandra Bullock in 'Our Brand Is Crisis;' more

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• Joaquim de Almeida (Fast Five) has signed on to play the male lead opposite Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis. Zoe Kazan (What If) has also signed on for the political dramedy. In addition to Bullock, they’re joining Scoot McNairy, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, and Ann Dowd. The film is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, which explored American political campaign strategies in Bolivia. Green’s film stars Bullock as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant, with de Almeida as Castillo, the former president of Bolivia who is running for office again. Kazan will play a young woman who uncovers the secrets of political candidates. Peter Straughan wrote the script. Smokehouse partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing. Bullock is executive producing. Warner Bros. executives Courtenay Valenti and Racheline Benveniste will supervise the project for the studio. Our Brand Is Crisis kicks off production this fall. [The Wrap]

• Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) is heading to Mr. Right. Paco Cabezas is directing from a script by Max Landis. The action romance tells the story of a girl (Anna Kendrick) who finally lands her dream guy (Sam Rockwell); problem is he’s a hit man. Mount will play New Jersey crime syndicate member Richard Cartigan. Michael Eklund (Bates Motel) also joins the cast as thug Johnny Howl, and Katie Nehra (Alex of Venice) joins as Kendrick’s nerdy roommate, Martha. Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo, Lawrence Mattis, and Rick Jacobs are producing the Amasia Entertainment and Circle of Confusion film. Stephen Emery and Landis are executive producing. [Deadline]

• Olivia Thirlby (Juno) and Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) have been cast in The Stanford Prison Experiment. With Kyle Alvarez at the helm, the film tells the story of the 1971 psychological exercise that divided students into prisoners and prison guards. The film stars Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, and Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the Stanford professor who later wrote a psychology book on good and evil behavior. Thrilby will play Zimbardo’s wife, Christina, also an academic. Ellis will play Jesse Fletcher. Other castings include: Tye Sheridan as prisoner Peter Mitchell, James Frecheville as guard Townshend, Johnny Simmons as prisoner Jeff Jansen, and Ki Hong Lee as prisoner Gavin Chan. Tim Talbott wrote the script. Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features financed the film. Coup d’Etat Films’ Brent Emery is producing alongside Lizzie Friedman, Greg Little, Brian Geraghty, and Lauren Bratman. [Deadline]