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Russ & Roger, Lucille Ball, The Headhunter’s Calling, 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.

Lost City of Z

Edward Ashley has landed a major role alongside Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson in James Gray‘s “Lost City of Z”

Ashley will play Arthur Manley, the young corporal who accompanies [Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam)] on his expedition into the jungle.

Lucille Ball biopic

Cate Blanchett is attached to star in an authorized biopic of Hollywood legend Lucille Ball that Aaron Sorkin is set to write for Escape Artists

The film will chronicle Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, with whom she starred on the classic TV sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Ball had two children with Arnaz before they divorced in 1960. She married Gary Morton the following year.

American Pastoral

Uzo Aduba, David Strathairn, Peter Riegert and Valorie Curry will join Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in McGregor’s adaptation of Philip Roth‘s “American Pastoral”

Aduba will play Vicky, Strathairn will play Nathan Zuckerman, Riegert will play Lou Levov and Curry will play Rita Cohen.

Ready Player One

Elle Fanning, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” star Olivia Cooke and “Mistress America” breakout Lola Kirke are three of the top contenders for the female lead in Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of Ernie Cline‘s “Ready Player One”

Fanning, Cooke and Kirke will test for the role of Art3mis, the avatar of Samantha Cook within the Oasis, which is the virtual reality universe at the center of the sci-fi story.

Insiders insist it’s early in the casting process and that casting director Ellen Lewis is narrowing the field

There’s still no word on which young actors are being eyed to play protagonist Wade Watts, an Oasis user who sets off on a series of challenges to win an invaluable prize.

Bourne 5

Vincent Cassel will face off against Matt Damon, as the French star has been cast as the villain in the next “Bourne” sequel.


Michael J. Fox is set to provide the voice of the lead character, a dog named Archie, in the animated movie “A.R.C.H.I.E.”

“A.R.C.H.I.E.” will be written and directed by Robin Dunne (“Just Friends”), who’s making his feature directorial debut.

In addition to Fox, the movie stars Katherine Isabelle (“Freddy vs. Jason”) and Dunne himself.

Archie (Fox) is a robotic canine created by world-renowned roboticist Brooke Benton (Isabelle) to help those in need. Though he looks like a normal dog, he’s anything but. He can talk and run at blinding speed, has super strength and x-ray vision.

When her research program is shut down by the military, Brooke helps Archie escape in the hopes of finding a family to care for him. Archie then wanders into the small town of Deanewood where Isabel Sullivan has just moved to live with her uncle Paul (Dunne), the town’s mayor and owner of Deanewood’s best burger-joint. Feeling very alone, Isabel struggles to find friends until she meets Archie. They quickly form a close bond and become friends while helping Paul retain his position as town mayor.

The Headhunter’s Calling

Gerard Butler is trading his action-hero stripes for a dramatic turn in The Headhunter’s Calling, from first-time director Mark Williams…[Butler] will play Dane Jensen, a corporate headhunter who works at Blackrock Recruiting arranging jobs for engineers. He is well on his way to achieving his longtime work goal of taking over the company when his 10-year-old son falls ill and his personal and professional priorities clash…Bill Dubuque wrote the script.

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