Casting: Bacon, Parsons, Leo, Wyle, Poots

Patriots Day
Kevin Bacon is the latest name to join the cast of Peter Berg’s 2013 Boston marathon bombing drama “Patriots Day” which is currently filming.

Bacon will play Richard DesLauriers, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the investigation who was one of the law-enforcement figures during the manhunt for the bombers. John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Jimmy O. Yang, Vince Curatola and James Colby also star in the film which opens December 21st. [Source: Deadline]

“The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons is in talks to star in and produce the long-gestating comedy “Man-Witch” at Warner Bros. Pictures. Neal Moritz would also produce.

The story tells of a schoolteacher (Parsons) who abruptly discovers he’s got witchlike powers. A coven of real witches takes him in, promptly sending him to ‘witch school,’ where he is the lone adult, surrounded by little girl witches-in-training. [Source: Heat Vision]

The Ashram
Melissa Leo, Sam Keeley, Kal Penn, Hera Hilmar and Radhika Apte are set to star in Sikhya Entertainment’s “The Ashram,” the English-language spiritual fantasy thriller set in the mystical world of Himalayan yogis.

Ben Rekhi helms the film about an American skeptic (Keeley) who travels to the Indian Himalayas to pick up on the trail of his disappeared girlfriend. There, he discovers a secretive community led by a guru with strange powers who may or may not be involved – ultimately leading to a mountain that may contain a portal to another dimension. Filming is currently underway in northern India. [Source: Deadline]

The Librarians
Noah Wyle has signed a deal to reprise his role as Flynn Carsen on TNT’s action adventure series “The Librarians” for its upcoming third season. Wyle will appear in seven of the ten episodes, marking the most he has done in one season. Additionally, Wyle is set to direct two episodes and pen one along with returning as executive producer. [Source: Deadline]

Mobile Homes
Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”) is set to star in Vladimir de Fontenay’s Canadian-French drama “Mobile Homes” which is currently being filmed in and around the Niagara Falls area.

Adapted from the short film of the same name, the story follows a young woman drifting from one motel to the next with her dangerously intoxicating boyfriend and her eight-year-old son. After a crisis rips their lives apart, she lands in a mobile home community where she reexamines the very meaning of motherhood. [Source: Variety]