Casting: Coleman, Lanter, Ferguson, Galecki

Me Before You
Jenna Coleman (“Doctor Who”) and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) are set to join Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin of Thea Sharrock’s “Me Before You” at MGM and New Line.

An adaptation of the Jojo Moyes bestseller, Clarke plays a small town girl caught between dead-end jobs hired to be caretaker for a high-profile, successful man (Claflin) who becomes wheelchair bound and depressed following an accident.

U.S.S. Indianapolis: Men of Courage
Matt Lanter has been cast as the second lead opposite Nicolas Cage in Mario Van Peebles’ “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”. Lanter will play Chief Petty Officer Brian ‘Bama’ Smithwick, a US Navy Diver from the Gulf Coast,

The film is based on the true story of the American warship sunk by a Japanese sub in the Philippine Sea in the closing weeks of World War II. Nine hundred crewmen survived, but were left stranded in shark-infested waters with nearly two-thirds dying before they were rescued.

Florence Foster Jenkins
Rebecca Ferguson (“Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”) is set to join Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg in Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins” at Pathe.

Streep plays a wealthy woman in the early 20th century NYC high society who used her relationships and her fortune to gain traction as a singer. Grant plays her butler and best friend, while Ferguson will play Grant’s long-suffering wife.

Rings
Johnny Galecki has signed on to play one of the leads in “Rings,” the third installment of “The Ring” horror franchise at Paramount Pictures. The story follows a cursed videotape that kills a viewer within seven days.

Galecki will play Gabriel, a handsome, pleasure-seeking professor who mentors and helps boyfriend and girlfriend duo, Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz). Filming on the project is currently underway.

Source: Deadline