Casting: Bellucci, Bass, James, Hamilton

Monica Bellucci will join Ben O’Toole and Tess Haubrich in the next effort from “Wyrmwood” directing brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner – the sci-fi horror film “Nekromancer” at Entertainment One, Hopscotch Features and Guerilla Films.

Dog Days
“Baywatch” comedian Jon Bass has joined the Ken Marino-directed comedy “Dog Days” at LD Entertainment. The story follows a group of humans brought together by their canine pets as they work through hardships in life.

Bass will play Garrett, a somewhat awkward yet earnest owner of a local dog rescue shelter, who has a crush on Tara (Vanessa Hudgens). Nina Dobrev, Finn Wolford and Tone Bell also star with filming to begin next month.

First Man
Brian d’Arcy James (“Spotlight”) will play astronaut Joseph A. Walker in Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” which opens in October next year.

Walker was Armstrong’s secondary boss who flew the world’s first two spaceplane fights in 1963, and became the seventh man on the moon. Ryan Gosling, Corey Stoll, Jon Bernthal, Kyle Chandler and Claire Foy co-star.

The Irishman
J.C. Mackenzie and Craig Vincent have joined Martin Scorsese’s crime drama “The Irishman” at Netflix. Specifics of their roles are unknown in the story of a hitman suspected of involvement in the 1975 disappearance of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Stephen Graham and Kathrine Narducci co-star in the film which is currently shooting in New York City.

LisaGay Hamilton (“The Practice”) has scored the role of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the Adam McKay-helmed Dick Cheney biopic at Annapurna.

The story follows the career of Dick Cheney (Christian 0, from Halliburton CEO to the most power Vice President in history. Rice served the 20th National Security Advisor in President George W. Bush’s first term and the 66th U.S. Secretary of State during Bush’s second term.

Source: Deadline