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Film Casting: BOND 24, LONDON HAS FALLEN, Lee Daniels directing DEMON HOUSE

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James Bond 24, London Has Fallen, Demon House, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.

London Has Fallen

Mehdi Dehbi has joined Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart and Angela Bassett in action sequel London Has Fallen…[He will play] Sultan Mansoor, the youngest of three brothers whose life has been forever altered by a drone strike.

Paper Towns

Paper Towns has added Cara Buono (Let Me In, Mad Men) to the mystery about a geeky teen searching for his missing friend, from Robot & Frank director Jake Schreir…Buono…will play the mother of Quentin (Nat Wolff), the kid in search of his missing neighbor Margo (Cara Delevingne).

Wonder Woman

reports are swirling that Warner Bros.’ 2017 DC Comics tentpole Wonder Woman has zeroed in on Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad helmer Michelle MacLaren to direct…MacLaren…has had talks with the studio but doesn’t have a lock on the high-profile gig…Word is MacLaren is just one of WB’s shortlisted potential helmers and…easily could swing in another direction.

Bond 24

The as-yet-untitled Bond 24 could have found its first bad guy following reports that Christoph Waltz has joined the cast for the upcoming production.

Waltz will have a “significant role” in the film, with him playing a “nemesis of sorts” and possessing “extreme cunning.”

If confirmed, Waltz will join a cast thought to include Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw, returning from the previous 007 outing Skyfall.

Three and a Half

Kunal Nayyar has been cast in the upcoming Three and a Half…The film is directed by Sooni Taraporevala

Expanding on Nayyar’s role in the film, Taraporevala said, “In Three and a Half, he will be playing a very different character than what he is known for in The Big Bang Theory. Three and a Half is both a love story and a political thriller and Kunal will be playing Kabir, a revolutionary on a mission.”

Vacation

Tim Heidecker, Nick Kroll, Kaitlin Olson and Michael Pena have joined the cast of New Line’s “Vacation” sequel.

The quartet will portray the Four Corners cops. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are directing from their own script.

Demon House

Lee Daniels will direct “Demon House,” based on the story of an Indiana family that has claimed to be a victim of demonic possession.

Ammons and her three children have asserted that in 2011 and 2012, the children experienced episodes of levitation, strangling one another and speaking in growls. The Gary Police Department, Department of Child Services and the local church filed reports about the supernatural occurrences, and exorcisms were performed with police standing by.

One DCS case manager witnessed Ammons’ youngest son growling with eyes rolled back, locking his hands around his older brother’s throat — with no subsequent recollection of the incident.

The Ammons family moved out of the house in 2012, and the new residents have not experienced any supernatural occurrences.

Suicide Squad

Jai Courtney is in talks for a major role in Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad” that could prove to be Batman villain Deadshot

Though the character of Deadshot isn’t as well known as Lex Luthor or the Joker, he’s a key villain in the “Batman” comic book universe. Also known as Floyd Lawton, Deadshot has a major death wish and a strong bond with Catwoman, although there’s been no confirmation yet that Catwoman will make an appearance in the pic.

Get the Girl

Justin Dobies, Elizabeth Whitson (“Awkward”) and Noah Segan have signed on for the indie dark comedy “Get the Girl.”

Eric England is directing from his own script, based on a story by Graham Denman.

Scout Taylor-Compton, Adi Shankar, Jerry Purpdrank and James Landry Hebert will also star.

Second Born

Park Chan-Wook (“Oldboy”) will direct and develop the sci-fi thriller “Second Born”

“Second Born,” based on an original screenplay by David Jagernauth, takes place in a futuristic world in which neural microchip implants are used to store one’s consciousness, leading to black market body-swapping.

Daddy’s Home

Linda Cardellini will join Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in the comedy Daddy’s Home.

Sean Anders is directing the film, which centers on a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) looking to become the best stepdad possible to his wife’s two children just as their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives on the scene.

Cardellini…will play Farrell’s character’s wife.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Shawn Levy is set to direct “Forty Thieves,” a new take on the classic folk tale “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”

“Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth, “Downton Abbey” alum Dan Stevens and Evan Peters (Quicksilver in Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) are testing for the young male lead of Allen, who may be a stand-in for Ali Baba

Described as being in the vein of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Levy’s retelling of the “Forty Thieves” story is envisioned as an adventure movie with strong comedic undertones.

The Accountant

Ben Affleck may have found his first co-star for “The Accountant” with actress Anna Kendrick in early negotiations to join the assassin thriller

Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”) will direct the Warner Bros. pic, which begins production in January. J.K. Simmons is also in talks to join the cast.

Based on an original script by Bill Dubuque, “The Accountant” centers on a mild-mannered accountant (Affleck) who moonlights as a lethal assassin.

It’s unknown whom Kendrick would play in the film.

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Source: Thewrap, Hollywoodreporter, Variety

 

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