Casting: Christensen, James, Brown, Howle

“Star Wars” actor Hayden Christensen has joined Kris Renkewitz’s WW2 set action-horror film “Untot” at Solaris Entertainment. Greg O’Connor will produce and filming begins in New York City in March.

The story follows an elite military unit commanded by Lt. Fredrick Hank (Christensen) who is dropped behind enemy lines in the mountains of Poland in order to destroy a secret Nazi weapons facility. What they encounter is something they’ve never been trained for. [Source: THR]

Black Lung
Amanda Seyfried (“Mamma Mia”) and Theo James (“Divergent”) will headline the supernatural thriller “Black Lung” at 2929 Prods. and Cooper’s Town Prods. Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”) will executive produce and filming begins this Summer.

Chase Palmer penned the script and will make his feature film directing debut on the project about a young wife whose premonition about a pending disaster saves her husband, but puts her under suspicion when an explosion entombs a group of miners. Her vision also suggests a sinister force is at work inside the mountain. [Source: Screen]

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Adam Brown (“The Hobbit”), Delroy Atkinson (“Small Island”) and Danny Kirrane (“Automata”) have joined the cast of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” starring Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem and Brenton Thwaites.

Pre-production is already under way in Australia on the Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg-directed big-budget sequel ahead of the film’s debut in July 2017. [Source: Variety]

Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk
Billy Howle (“Glue”), Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service”), Joe Cole (“Peaky Blinders”) and Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”) are all said to be in contention for the title role in the Ang Lee-directed adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” at Studio 8 and Bona Film Group.

The story follows a nineteen-year-old private who survived a harrowing Iraq battle. Brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, the film unfolds in essentially real time during a Thanksgiving Day football game as he faces an imminent return to the war. Filming begins in April. [Source: Deadline]