Casting: D’Onofrio, Hader, McDonald, Ambrosio

The Magnificent Seven
Vincent D’Onofrio is in talks to play the villain in Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming “Magnificent Seven” remake in the works at MGM and Sony. The original film centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke are also on board the project which John Lee Hancock and Nic Pizzolatto penned. Filming is slated to begin next month.

D’Onofrio will soon be seen in Netflix’s “Daredevil” series and starring alongside Pratt in June’s “Jurassic World”. [Source: Variety]

Bill Hader has joined the cast of the Steven Spielberg directed film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved 1982 kids novel “The BFG” at Walden Media and DreamWorks Studios. The project will be shot shortly in Vancouver.

Hader will star as one of the giants in the tale about a little girl who leads a friendly giant and the Queen of England on an adventure to stop other mean giants from gobbling up others. Tony winner Mark Rylance has been set to star as the Big Friendly Giant and newcomer Ruby Barnhill is the little girl. [Source: Deadline]

Beauty and the Beast
Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald (“Private Practice”) is in final negotiations to join the cast of Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” feature. Production begins in May at Shepperton Studios in London.

McDonald will be playing Garderobe, the lady-in-waiting turned wardrobe who assists Belle in her initial loneliness and takes part in the “Be Our Guest” song. She joins a cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, and Josh Gad as Le Fou. [Source: Heat Vision]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio will make her big-screen debut with Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2”. Dave Green is directing from a screenplay by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

At the same time, a handful of players from the L.A. Clippers are reportedly set to cameo in the film. The list reportedly includes DeAndre Jordan, Matt Barnes, J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers & Spencer Hawes. [Source: Heat Vision]