Casting: Baldwin, Theron, Kebbell, Common

Untitled Howard Hughes Project
Alec Baldwin is set to join Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes project, portraying his lawyer Bob Mayhew. Martin Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins which deals with a love story between Hughes’ young assistant (Ehrenreich) and a woman he is seeing (Collins). [Source: Deadline]

American Express
Charlize Theron is in talks to both star in and produce the indie movie “American Express” which Nash Edgerton (“The Square”) will direct. Story details are being kept under wraps. [Source: The Wrap]

Sand Castles
Toby Kebbell (“Fantastic Four,” “The Escape Artist”) will join Nicholas Hoult in Seb Edwards’ Iraq war drama “Sand Castle” for Umedia. Shooting kicks off in October in South Africa and Italy.

Iraq war veteran Chris Roessner penned the script is based on real events experienced by a platoon (led by Kebbell’s character) sent to repair an aqueduct in the dangerous and remote village of Baqubah, Iraq. [Source: Screen]

Common (“Hell on Wheels”) and Andre Holland (“The Knick”) are set to star in Ava DuVernay’s long gestating Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma” at Paramount Pictures. David Oyelowo stars as King in the film which deals with the famed march against segregation in Alabama.

Common is set to play prominent civil rights activist James Bevel, Holland plays Andrew Young who was a close confidante of MLK. [Source: Deadline]