Casting: Corden, James, Saldana, Mbatha

Ocean’s Eight
Late night host James Corden is set to take on a supporting role in Gary Ross’ “Ocean’s Eight,” the caper spinoff currently in production for Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Sandra Bullock stars with Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter star as a group who plans and executes a heist in New York. Corden will play an insurance investigator who grows suspicious of them. [Source: Deadline]

Little Woods
Tessa Thompson (“Creed”) and Lily James (“Cinderella”) are set to star alongside James Badge Dale, Luke Kirby and Lance Reddick in Nia DaCosta’s upcoming indie feature “Little Woods”. Rachael Fung and Gabrielle Nadig will produce.

The modern Western tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Thompson) and Deb (James), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives – namely helping struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. [Source: Deadline]

My Little Pony: The Movie
Hasbro and Lionsgate have signed Zoe Saldana to join the voice cast of the animated “My Little Pony: The Movie”. Saldana joins previously announced voice cast members include Sia, Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Uzo Aduba, and Michael Pena.

Jayson Thiessen is directing from a screenplay by Meghan McCarthy. Set to open October 6th, the story centers on six pony friends embarking on a journey to meet new friends and challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship and save their home. [Source: Variety]

Fast Color
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is set to star in the thriller “Fast Color” for producers Jordan Horowitz, Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon. Julia Hart (“Miss Stevens”) helms from a screenplay she wrote with Horowitz. Shooting begins in New Mexico on March 13th.

Mbatha-Raw will portray a woman forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. [Source: Variety]