Casting: Daddario, Highmore, Potente, Vikander

San Andreas 3D
“True Detective” star Alexandra Daddario has signed on to portray the female lead opposite Dwayne Johnson in Brad Peyton’s action-adventure “San Andreas”.

Johnson plays a helicopter pilot who journeys across the state of California to try and rescue his estranged daughter, after an enormous earthquake hits. [Source: Deadline]

My Name is Emily
Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”) and James Nesbitt (“The Hobbit”) are attached to star in Simon Fitzmaurice’s “My Name is Emily” for Newgrange Pictures and Kennedy Films. Shooting begins this summer.

The story follows a 16-year-old who escapes from her foster home and, with the help of a boy who loves her, sets out to find her father who is locked up in a psychiatric institution. [Source: Screen]

Franka Potente (“The Bourne Identity”), Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”), Audrey Esparza (“The Following”), Alex Hernandez (“Law & Order: SVU”), Sebastian Arcelus (“House of Cards”), Erik LaRay Harvey (“Boardwalk Empire”), Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange Is the New Black”), and are all set to join the Juan Carlos Fresnadillo-directed drama pilot “Blanco” for Cinemax.

Shiloh Fernandez plays an uptown gangster who uses his status as a confidential informant to turn the tables on law enforcement and build his criminal empire. Potente is his girlfriend, Nolasco his brother, Esparza his brother’s girlfriend, Hernandez his associate, Arcelus his lawyer, and Harvey and Rodriguez play NYPD Detectives. [Source: The Live Feed]

Testament of Youth
Alicia Vikander has been confirmed to star in James Kent’s WWI drama “Testament of Youth” for BBC Films and Heyday. Vikander plays writer and feminist Vera Brittain who is best-remembered for her 1933 memoir of the same name as the title.

The book follows a young woman who overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. Falling for her brother’s friend who is sent off to war, she volunteers as a nurse and travels to France in order to help. Filming is slated to begin March 16th. [Source: Screen]