Casting: Campbell, Giamatti, Curran, Silver

Billy Campbell is set to replace Jason Patric as the lead in Ron Maxwell’s new Civil War-era feature “Copperhead” currently shooting in Kings Landing, New Brunswick.

Patric departed the project suddenly due to “creative differences” according to producer John Houston. [Source: THR]

Twelve Years A Slave
Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson have joined the cast of Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” about a New York man in 1841 who was kidnapped and sold into slavery at a Louisiana plantation before being rescued over a decade later.

Giamatti plays the man who takes possession of the slaves after they arrive in New Orleans. Paulson plays the jealous wife of Michael Fassbender’s character. [Source: Variety]

Brittany Curran (“Men of a Certain Age”) will play the female lead in the Marcus Nispel’s thriller “Backmask”. Shooting has just begun in Rhode Island.

The story follows a group of teenagers that accidentally releases an evil spirit that starts to possess them one by one. Steven Schneider will produce. [Source: Heat Vision]

Noah Silver, Brittany Allen, Christian Alexander, Alex Beh and Olivia Crocicchia have all joined the indie psychological thriller “Backgammon” which has just begun shooting in Portland, Maine.

The story is set in a gothic mansion off the coast of Maine during an evening of alcohol-fueled poker. Francisco Orvañanos directs. [Source: Variety]