AFM 2014 Casting News: Volume I

Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel are attached to star in “Lion” for The Weinstein Company and See-Saw Films. Hugh Jackman was also rumored to be attached, but his agent has denied the reports.

Based on Saroo Brierley’s “A Long Way Home,” the story follows a street kid from Calcutta (Patel) who is taken in and adopted by a couple in Australia. Garth Davis (“Top of the Lake”) is attached to helm the film while Luke Davies penned the script. [Source: THR]

The Godmother
Jon Bernthal, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Oscar Jaenada and Mehdi Dehbi will join Catherine Zeta-Jones in Eva Sorhaug’s drug-lord drama “The Godmother.” Shooting begins in the spring.

Zeta-Jones stars as the late Griselda Blanco, who instigated and fueled many of the Miami drug wars that took place during the late 70s and 80s. [Source: Variety]

Three Generations
Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning are set to star in Gaby Dellal’s comedic drama “Three Generations”. Nikole Beckwith penned the script.

The story charts the interwoven lives of a New York teen transitioning from female to male, her single mother and lesbian music manager grandmother. [Source: Screen]

Lucy Liu will star in Evan Jackson Leong’s period human smuggling drama “Snakehead” for 408 Films and Arowana Films. Shooting begins in the Spring.

Liu will play a Chinese immigrant mentored in the business of human smuggling by the powerful bosses. Motivated by a desire to reclaim her family, she rises to the top of New York Chinatown’s smuggling business. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Lowriders Project
Eva Longoria, Lily Collins, and Demian Bichir (“The Bridge”) have signed on to star in Brazilian filmmaker Ricardo de Montreuil’s untitled project previously titled “Lowriders” at Universal Pictures.

The story centers on an East Los Angeles teen torn between his traditional father (Bichir) and his estranged, criminal brother, both of whom are competing in a famed lowrider racing event called the “Supershow.” [Source: Deadline]

Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz have signed on to star in Gary Michael Schultz’s action crime drama “Vincent-N-Roxxy”. Shooting will start in Louisiana in December. The story follows a pair of unlucky rebels who fall in love and fall apart when their violent pasts catch up with them. [Source: Variety]

Go With Me
Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta are set to join Anthony Hopkins in the action-drama “Go With Me” for Electric Entertainment. Shooting begins in British Columbia in mid-November.

Set in a Pacific Northwest logging community, the story centers on a young woman newly returned to her hometown who becomes the subject of harassment by a crimelord who operates with impunity. She enlists the help of an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his laconic young sidekick. [Source: Variety]

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) will star in Dustin Lance Black’s “The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight” based on last year’s young-adult novel by Jennifer E. Smith.

The story follows a young woman over a 24-hour period. Reluctantly flying to London for her father’s second wedding, she meets a young British chap and sparks fly. [Source: Deadline]

Love Is All You Need
Tyler Blackburn (“Pretty Little Liars”) has joined the cast of Kim Rocco Shields’ indie “Love Is All You Need”. Emily Osment and Jeremy Sisto also star.

The story follows a boy and a girl who fall in love in a world where homosexuality is the norm and find themselves bullied after their relationship goes public. [Source: Variety]

Bruce Greenwood has joined the cast of James Vanderbilt’s “Truth” starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett which is currently filming in Australia. Greenwood would play CBS News President Andrew Heyward.

The film deals with the firestorm that erupted in 2004 after Dan Rather reported George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. Rather’s reputation was badly damaged and his long-time producer was fired. [Source: THR]

Same Kind of Different Me
Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight will join Renee Zellweger in Michael Carney’s non-fiction film adaptation of “Same Kind of Different Me” at Paramount Pictures.

Kinnear plays an international art dealer who must befriend a dangerous homeless man (Hounsou) in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife (Zellweger), a woman whose dreams will lead them on the most remarkable journey of their lives. Voight plays Hall’s father. [Source: Variety]

Joe Anderson, Dayton Callie and Jessica Lowndes will join Lin Shaye in Darren Lynn Bousman’s thriller “Abattoir”. Bousman helms from a script by David Schow, Teddy Tenenbaum and Christopher Monfette. Shooting is underway in New Orleans.

The story centers on a real estate reporter (Lowndes) who unearths an urban legend about a house being built from rooms where horrific tragedies have occurred. The investigation ultimately leads to the enigmatic Jebediah Crone. [Source: Variety]

Untitled NFL Concussion Drama
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Lost”) has joined the cast of Peter Landesman’s untitled NFL concussion drama at Sony Pictures. Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bitsie Tulloch and Albert Brooks also star.

Agbaje plays real-life NFL safety Dave Duerson who died in 2011 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Duerson’s brain was sent to researchers, who determined that the athlete had suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy caused by his football injuries. [Source: Deadline]