Casting: Bean, Pinto, Sarandon, Black

The 4th Reich
Sean Bean, Sean Pertwee, Tom Savini and Craig Conway have all signed on for Shaun Robert Smith’s WW2 action-horror film “The 4th Reich” at Mann Made Films. Shooting will take place this Summer.

The story follows a brigade of British soldiers sent into occupied mainland Europe who find themselves up against an enemy created by Nazi scientists as an all-powerful fighting force for what would be the 4th Reich. [Source: Risky Biz Blog]

Desert Dancer
Freida Pinto, Alfred Molina and Reece Ritchie have joined Richard Raymond’s UK biopic “Desert Dancer” about the life of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian.

Set against the backdrop of the 2009 election protests in Iran, Ritchie plays a young man willing to risk his life to fight for his dream to become a dancer. Shooting begins this summer in Turkey and Jordan. [Source: Variety]

Ping-Pong Summer
Susan Sarandon is set to star in Michael Tully’s “Ping-Pong Summer” which begins shooting in September in Maryland.

Set in the summer of 1985, the coming-of-age film centers on a teenage boy obsessed with the game and hip-hop and a family vacation that changes everything. [Source: Deadline]

Wild Oats
Jack Black is in talks to join Howard Deutch’s comedy “Wild Oats” about two fugitives (Shirley MacLaine, Jacki Weaver) forced to outwit a trio of conmen and the law.

Alan Arkin also stars in the project which begins filming mid-July. [Source: Screen Daily]