Casting: Cusack, Macy, Fisher, Callender

Dragon Blade
John Cusack and Adrien Brody have joined Jackie Chan in Daniel Lee’s $65 million Chinese-language film “Dragon Blade” which is currently targeting a February 2015 release across China.

The story is inspired by a mission legion of Roman soldiers who travelled to China in 48 BC. Cusack will play Roman general Lucius; Brody plays another Roman. Chan stars as the Commander of the Protectorate of the Western Regions who teams up with Lucius to protect China’s borders and sovereignty. [Source: Screen]

Blood Father
William H. Macy has confirmed on Twitter that he’ll star alongside Mel Gibson in Jean-Francois Richet’s “Blood Father”.

The “Taken”-esque action thriller follows an ex-con who reunites with his estranged 16-year old daughter, who has been targeted by drug dealers. [Source: Twitter]

Isla Fisher has signed on to join her husband Sacha Baron Cohen in Louis Leterrier’s upcoming spy spoof “Grimsby” for Sony Pictures

Mark Strong plays a British black ops spy who is forced to go on the run and team up with his idiotic English football hooligan brother (Baron Cohen). Fisher will tackle a key supporting role, details are unknown at this point. [Source: The Wrap]

Straight Outta Compton
Marcus Callender (“Elementary,” “Blue Bloods”) has been cast as Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell (“Broken City,” “Contraband”) has landed the role of Eazy-E in the upcoming N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” at Universal Pictures.

Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. will play his father in the film which follows the lives of these gangsta rap pioneers. F. Gary Gray is attached to direct the project which will begin shooting in less than two months. [Source: THR]