Casting: Basinger, McNairy, Watts, Franco, Leak

Nocturnal Animals
Kim Basinger is set to join Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” at Focus Features. An adaptation of Austin Wright’s novel “Tony and Susan,” Ford will direct from his own script.

Basinger will play a wealthy Texas socialite and the mother of Adams’ character who receives a book manuscript from the husband she left twenty years earlier. The second half of the film revolves around a man (Gyllenhaal) whose family vacation turns violent. [Source: Variety]

War Machine
Scoot McNairy (“Killing Them Softly,” ” The Rover”) has been set to join Brad Pitt in Netflix’s war-on-terror-themed black comedy “War Machine” based on the Michael Hastings book “The Operators”.

The story deals with the handling of the Afghanistan war and the people in charge of it. David Michod will direct and wrote the script while Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce. [Source: Deadline]

Book of Henry
Naomi Watts is in negotiations to star “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow’s next film “Book of Henry” at Focus Features and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

Gregg Hurwitz penned the script but story details are under wraps. Sidney Kimmel, Carla Hacken, Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman will produce and shooting is expected to begin in New York in September. [Source: Variety]

Neighbors 2
Dave Franco has closed a deal to return as former fratboy Pete alongside Zac Efron in the upcoming sequel to the R-rated comedy “Neighbors” (aka. “Bad Neighbours”) at Universal and Good Universe.

Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Chloe Moretz, Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Carla Gallo and Ike Barinholtz will co-star while Nicholas Stoller is directing. Not much is known other than Moretz will be leading a new sorority. [Source: The Wrap]

“Powers” star Justice Leak has verb cast as the villainous alien ‘Hellgrammite’ on the upcoming CBS series “Supergirl” which premieres October 26th.

In the comics, Hellgrammite (aka. Roderick Rose) was a entomologist who was subjected to a experiment that transformed him into a insectoid monster. [Source: EW]