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Casting Net: Drew Goddard eyed to direct next Spider-Man

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  • Drew Goddard is rumored to be the likely candidate to write and direct the next installment of the Spider-Man franchise. He is supposedly in meetings, but it is very early talks. He had previously been working on putting together The Sinister Six. [Deadline]
  • Jennifer Lawrence has been attached to star in the Steven Spielberg-directed  It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. The project attracted multiple offers, but Warner Bros won the auction for the rights to the memoir by Lynsey Addario. Addario’s memoir chronicles her time spent as a photographer in war-torn countries. [Variety]
  • Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire) will star in the action-thriller The Lake. The story focuses on a group of Navy SEALs who attempt to solve a long-forgotten mystery while uncovering a large treasure hidden in a lake in a war-torn Serbia. The film is set to begin shooting in April. [Variety]
  • UFC fighter Ronda Rousey (The Expendables 3) and Iko Uwais (The Raid) have joined the action-thriller Mile 22. The Peter Berg-produced film will explore the relationship between a CIA officer and an Indonesian police officer who are forced to work together as they confront violent and extreme political corruption. [Variety]
  • Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) are set to lead the cast of the World War II movie Anthropoid. The film’s plot focuses on an assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich, an SS general who led the Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia and gained the nickname “the Butcher of Prague.” In the film, two soldiers from Czechoslovakia’s army in exile are trained by British forces, and then parachuted into their homeland with their assignment, code-named Anthropoid, to kill Heydrich. The film is set to begin production in Prague this July. [Variety]
  • Ethan Hawke is in final negotiations to join Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven. The remake, which also stars Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett, is centered on seven gunslingers who protected an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws. [Variety]
  • Eddie Redmayne is lending his voice to the animated feature Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure, based on the the popular Thomas the Tank Engine U.K. children’s TV series. Redmayne is voicing a train called Ryan in the hour-long straight to DVD and VOD film. It is set for a September release. [The Hollywood Reporter]