Casting: Bernthal, Hahn, Cooke, Pena, Lahti

The Accountant
Jon Bernthal (“Fury,” “The Walking Dead”) is in negotiations to join Ben Affleck in Gavin O’Connor’s assassin thriller “The Accountant” at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Affleck will star as a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a deadly assassin. J.K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick also star and filming begins in January. [Source: The Wrap]

Kathryn Hahn is set to remain the co-star of Showtime pilot “Happyish,” reprising the role she played opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in the original pilot shot before Hoffman died.

Steve Coogan is taking over Hoffman’s role of a man facing a mid-life crisis. Hahn plays Coogan’s wife and mother of their six-year-old son. [Source: Variety]

“Ouija” and “Bates Motel” star Olivia Cooke is circling a key role alongside Jack Huston in Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of “Ben-Hur” at MGM and Paramount. Morgan Freeman and Pedro Pascal also star.

Huston plays the titular Jewish prince who is forced into slavery by his former friend Messala (Toby Kebbell). Cooke has been offered the role of Tirzah, Ben-Hur’s sister, who is imprisoned by Messala along with her mother (Ayelet Zurer). [Source: The Wrap]

Michael Pena, Tim Heidecker, Nick Kroll and Kaitlin Olson have joined the cast of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s “Vacation” sequel/reboot at New Line. The quartet will portray the Four Corners cops. Filming is underway in Georgia and New Mexico. [Source: Variety]

The Steps
Christine Lahti will join James Brolin and Jason Ritter on Andrew Currie’s indie drama “The Steps”. Robyn Harding scripted. The story follows down on his luck Jeff (Ritter), who accepts his father’s invitation to spend the weekend at his lake house to meet his new wife (Lahti) and family. [Source: Deadline]