Casting: Bentley, Moretz, Faison, Skarsgard

Wes Bentley has nabbed the starring role in Ryan Murphy’s drama pilot “Open” for HBO. The series is described as a multi-character exploration of the ever-evolving landscape of sexuality, monogamy and intimacy in relationships.

Bentley will play the handsome but arrogant Evan Foster, a bit of a blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality. Murphy and Lauren Gussis (“Dexter”) penned the pilot and will executive produce. [Source: The Live Feed]

If I Stay
Chloe Moretz is in final negotiations to star in “If I Stay” which MGM has picked up after Summit put it into turnaround. RJ Cutler will remain onboard as director.

Based on Gayle Forman’s 2009 novel, the story revolves around the relationship between a femme classical musician and her indie rock-star boyfriend. [Source: Variety]

Ward’s Wife
Donald Faison (“Scrubs”) is set to star in actor Scott Foley’s darkly comedic directorial debut “Ward’s Wife” at Lost Rhino. Foley and his brother-in-law actor Patrick Wilson will produce, and both co-star along with James Carpinello, Amy Acker and Greg Grunberg.

Faison plays a man who has just had enough of being emotionally and verbally beaten down by his spouse (Nicollette Sheridan) and decides to kill her to free himself. Shooting begins in Los Angeles later this month. [Source: Deadline]

The Quarry
Stellan Skarsgard will co-star with Logan Marshall-Green in the drama pilot “Quarry” at Cinemax. The 1970s-set series is based on Max Allan Collins’ novels and the pilot is directed by John Hillcoat.

Marshall-Green plays a Marine sniper who, returning home from Vietnam, finds himself shunned by those he loves. Skarsgard will play The Broker, a shadowy figure who approaches Quarry about recruiting him into his criminal ranks. [Source: Deadline]