Casting Net: B.J. Novak joins Michael Keaton's The Founder, Will Forte boards Key & Peele comedy | EW.com

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Casting Net: B.J. Novak joins Michael Keaton's The Founder, Will Forte boards Key & Peele comedy

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  • B.J. Novak has joined the cast of the John Lee Hancock-directed drama, The Founder, starring Michael Keaton. Keaton plays McDonald’s fast-food executive Ray Kroc. Kroc met Mac and Dick McDonald, brothers who owned a burger company in ’50s Southern California, and was able to take over the operation and create a billion-dollar empire. Novak is set to play will Kroc’s protege, a rising McDonald’s exec. [The Hollywood Reporter]

  • Will Forte, currently starring in The Last Man on Earth, has joined the cast of the Key and Peele comedy Keanu. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will star in the film, to be directed by Peter Atencio, as two friends who decide to pretend to be gangster drug-dealers in an attempt to retrieve a stolen kitten. Forte will be playing a low-level marijuana dealer who is obsessed with black culture even though Peele’s character is the only black person he actually knows. The film will shoot this summer in New Orleans. [The Hollywood Reporter]

  • Joe Wright is in talks to direct the adaptation of Charlotte Rogan’s book The Lifeboat, with Anne Hathaway attached to lead the film as a young newlywed who is widowed and standing trial for murder in 1914. The film recalls how the woman survived the sinking of the Empress, a transatlantic ocean liner, with the help of her husband. She ends up on a lifeboat, however, there are too many people on board, and a moral crisis ensues. [Deadline]

  • Alfre Woodard and Talitha Bateman (Hart of Dixie) will be starring in the film adaptation of Sarah WeeksSo B. It. Stephen Gyllenhaal will be directing the story about a 12-year-old girl (Bateman) who decides to take a solo cross-country trip and leaves behind the safety of home, as well as her mentally challenged mother and agoraphobic neighbor (Woodard). Shooting is set to begin in July in Los Angeles. [Variety]

  • Native Brit James Buckley (Inbetweeners) has joined the Lonely Island and Judd Apatow’s Connor4real, in which Andy Samberg plays a rapper whose album bombs and is forced to re-form his old boy band. Buckley will be playing Sponge, a member of Samberg’s entourage. [Deadline]

  • Evan Jones has boarded Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller, a film that follows a newly released prison gang member (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who is forced by the leaders of his old gang to carry out a large scale crime with the help of a rival gang in Southern California. Jones will be playing Chopper, a PEN1 gangster and confidant of Coster-Waldau’s character. [Deadline]