Casting: Daniels, DeKay, McBurney, Reed

The Martian
Jeff Daniels is in talks to join the cast of Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” at Warner Bros. Pictures. Based on Andy Weir’s 2012 e-book, the story centers on an American astronaut (Matt Damon) who becomes stranded on Mars as NASA launches a rescue mission to bring him back home.

Daniels would play the director of NASA who is dealing with this crisis. Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig are also said to be circling roles in the project. [Source: Heat Vision]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
“White Collar” star Tim DeKay has been cast as Senator Christian Ward, the brother of Agent Grant Ward in the second season of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”.

The Grant Ward character revealed last season his brother would force him to beat up their younger brother. DeKay will make an appearance in the sixth episode this season. [Source: EW]

Mission: Impossible 5
Simon McBurney (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) has joined the cast of “Mission: Impossible 5” at Paramount and Skydance. McBurney will portray the boss of Rebecca Ferguson’s character.

The actor joins a cast that also includes Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Alec Baldwin. Christopher McQuarrie helms from a script by Drew Pearce. [Source: Variety]

The Highway Is For Gamblers
Nikki Reed (“Twilight”) has been cast opposite Bonnie Wright (“Harry Potter”) in Alexandra McGuinness’ thriller “The Highway Is For Gamblers”. Gustaf Skarsgard and Joe Jonas also star.

Reed will play a newly crowned rodeo queen who goes missing, and her friend Heidi (Wright), who uncovers secrets and encounters the violence of life on the road while searching for her friend. Filming begins in November in San Bernardino County. [Source: Deadline]