Casting: Brooks, Mortimer, Byrne, Vikander

A Most Violent Year
Albert Brooks will join Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” at A24, Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. Filming has just gotten underway.

Set in New York in 1981, an immigrant and his family try to grow their heating oil business and their ambition collides with the crime wave that swept the city that year. Brooks will play Isaacs’ character’s attorney. [Source: Deadline]

Ten Thousand Saints
Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson have joined the cast of Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman’s “Ten Thousand Saints”. Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld also star in the film which just began filming in New York.

An adaptation of the Eleanor Henderson novel, the story is set on New York’s Lower East Side in the 1980s and is a coming-of-age story that follows three screwed-up young people and their equally screwed-up parents. [Source: THR]

The 33
Gabriel Byrne has signed on to star as Andre Sougarret in “The 33,” a film about the events that saw 33 miners trapped underground in Chile in 2010.

Sougarret was the engineering genius who masterminded the miraculous rescue. Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche and Rodrigo Santoro also star. [Source: Deadline]

“Anna Karenina” star Alicia Vikander is in talks to play lead in Bjorne Larson’s thriller “Alina”. Filming begins later this year.

The story follows a young man (Matias Varela) forced to to choose between his love for his sister (Vikander) and the deadly demands of his family. David Dencik (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) also stars as their uncle. [Source: Screen]