Casting: Burns, Sandler, Sarandon, Meester

Jere Burns has been upped to a series regular for the fifth season of FX’s crime drama “Justified”. Burns has recurred throughout the first four seasons as the crooked Wynn Duffy.

The upcoming fifth season will follow Raylan taking on another backwoods crime family (ala Season 2’s Bennetts). This time though, it’s run by a patriarch – a charismatic and ruthless man named Dale. [Source: TV Line]

The Cobbler
Adam Sandler is in negotiations to star in Tom McCarthy’s $10 million indie drama “The Cobbler” which he will film before the currently delayed “Spotlight”.

The film revolves around a shoe repairer who has the ability to metaphysically step into the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs. [Source: THR]

Mike and Molly
Susan Sarandon has scored a guest-starring role on the upcoming fourth season of CBS comedy “Mike and Molly”. Sarandon plays J.C. Small, a literary icon and Molly’s (Melissa McCarthy) idol.

Sarandon is also set to appear in McCarthy’s upcoming comedy feature “Tammy”. [Source: The Live Feed]

Like Sunday, Like Rain
Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”) has scored the lead in Frank Whaley’s indie drama “Like Sunday, Like Rain”. Meester plays a struggling musician who becomes the guardian of a 12-year-old music prodigy (Julian Shatkin) one summer.

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and “Will and Grace” star Debra Messing are onboard as the boyfriend of Meester’s character and the mother of the boy respectively. Filming is underway in New York. [Source: Deadline]