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Casting Net: Jon Hamm takes villain turn
in new Edgar Wright thriller

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  • Edgar Wright nabs another big name for Baby Driver: Jon Hamm is the latest to join Ansel Elgort and Lily James. Hamm, coming off his iconic eight-year run as Don Draper in Mad Men, goes from antihero to villain. In the thriller centered around a precocious getaway driver (Elgort), Hamm is a stock trader turned bank robber. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • The hunt for the Red Ranger is over. The Power Rangers Twitter account announced Dacre Montgomery will lead the crew in the 2017 film. Naomi Scott of The Martian has already been pegged as the Pink Ranger
  • Chris Cooper is teaming up once again with Ben Affleck. The venerable veteran has been enlisted for Live By Night, based on a novel by Dennis Lehane set in organized crime in the 1920s. Cooper was previously in Affleck’s The Town, which the Oscar winner starred in and directed. Affleck, Chris Messina, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, and Zoe Saldana round out the cast. Shooting starts in November. [Variety]
  • Scott Shepherd joins the mysterious Bourne 5. The Bridge of Spies actor will reportedly play the CIA’s deputy director in Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass’ return to the franchise. Also starring Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, and Julia Stiles, the film is shooting in Budapest and is slated for a July 29, 2016 release. [Variety]
  • Three actresses have been tapped for In Search of Fellini, the coming-of-age indie penned by from Bart Simpson voice Nancy Cartwright and Peter Kjenaas. Ksenia Solo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Maria Bello all hopped aboard, and filming is already happening. The trial concerning young women searching for legendary filmmaker Frederico Fellini will shoot in Cleveland, Rome, Venice, Verona, and Milan. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Evan Peters (American Horror Story, X-Men) leads up Where The White Man Runs Away, based onNew York Times bestseller The Pirates of Somalia by Jay Bahadur. The dramedy biopic, helmed by green features director Bryan Buckley, tracks Bahadur, an ambitious young reporter who decides to plant himself among Somalian pirates in 2008. Filming begins this winter, but no release date has been locked down. [Deadline]
  • The Catherine Zeta-Jones drug lord biopic The Godmother brings Skyler Gisondo (Vacation) into the fray. The young actor will play a Greek system student who’s swept up into the fast life. Olivier Martinez, John Leguizamo, and Jordi Molla star, too, in Gerard Johnson’s feature about Griselda Blanco. [Variety]
  • The Last Witch Hunter isn’t out yet, but Julie Engelbrecht is set for a new role in The Fourth Reich, a World War II drama. Robert Henny and Don Michael Paul’s script details British and American special ops soldiers who try to recover a critical figure in the German resistance efforts, but it doesn’t go to plan. Engelbrecht plays Elke Schroeder, an undercover agent keeping tabs on Nazi progress. Director Claudio Faeh’s indie also stars Michael Epp, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Stephen Lang. [Deadline]
  • The adaptation of James St. James’ Freak Show locked in on its Billy. Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game) will star in Trudie Syler’s film. Billy is a sweet, charming teen who cross dresses and is the new kid at a very conservative high school. Bette Midler (Billy’s mom), Lorraine Toussaint (Billy’s nanny), AnnaSophia Robb, and Ian Nelson (Billy’s friends) are also in. Production is scheduled to begin at the end of October. [Deadline]
  • Spanish star Oscar Jaenada is jumping in the water with Blake Lively in The Shallow. Anthony Jaswinski’s script details a woman (Lively) who gets stranded in the ocean while surfing. Jaeneda, the Goya winner —Spain’s Oscars equivalent — plays Carlos, a character charged with driving Lively’s character to the beach and back. [Deadline]

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