Casting: Dawson, Hauser, Mandvi, Lahti

Untitled Chris Rock Comedy
Rosario Dawson is in talks to play the female lead opposite Chris Rock in an untitled showbiz themed comedy that Rock penned and will direct.

Scott Rudin and Barry Diller will produce and shooting begins in New York this June. [Source: Deadline]

Cole Hauser has joined the cast of Wally Pfister’s sci-fi thriller “Transcendence” at Alcon Entertainment. Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy also star.

Johnny Depp stars as a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness. Hauser will play a military officer. [Source: THR]

Million Dollar Arm
“The Daily Show” regular Aasif Mandvi will join Jon Hamm in Craig Gillespie’s “Million Dollar Arm” at Disney Pictures. Shooting begins in May in India and Atlanta.

Tom McCarthy (“The Visitor”) pens the script involving the true story of struggling sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) and his partner Aash Shah (Mandvi). The pair launch an American Idol-like reality show designed to find the first major league baseball player from cricket-crazy India. [Source: Deadline]

Mania Days
“Christine Lahti join Katie Holmes in Paul Dalio’s indie drama “Mania Days”. Lahti will play the mother of Holmes’s character in the Spike Lee produced feature. [Source: Deadline]