Only a few days after entering negotiations to play Viper in James Mangold’s Wolverine sequel, Jessica Biel is now out, according to Collider. They’re now looking for someone else to play the role of a character of Eastern European descent. Here’s an idea: Noomi Rapace?
On the heels of the casting of Amanda Plummer to play Wiress in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Variety is reporting that Sam Claflin has been cast as Finnick, Tony Shalhoub has been cast as Beetee, and that Melissa Leo has been cast in an unspecified role that is not Mags. They join Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch) and Jena Malone (Joanna Mason) in the sequel, which will be directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend).
According to THR, Gary Ross, who directed the first Hunger Games but bailed because he didn’t want to be time constrained by the schedule for the sequel, may move on to Peter and the Starcatchers , a prequel of sorts of Peter Pan, which would follow “a young Peter who befriends Molly, a shipmate he meets on the Never Land ship headed towards King Zarboff. Molly tells Peter of a mysterious trunk filled with magical starstuff that must remain out of the hands of the pirate Black Stache (who will lose his hand and become Captain Hook). Together Peter and Molly lead an effort to recover the trunk, which takes them on a treacherous journey.” Ross has also been linked to A Secret Life of Houdini.
Elsewhere, Jeremy Renner — who most recently replaced Matt Damon in the Bourne series — is now set to replace Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s crime drama American Bullshit. Per Variety, Renner would play an FBI agent who teams up with the world’s greatest con man to pull off a sting.
Compliments of EW, here’s the season two poster for “New Girl.”