Casting: Dormer, Neeson, Butterfield, Williams

Patient Zero
“Game of Thrones” and “Rush” actress Natalie Dormer is set to head up Stefan Ruzowitzky’s action thriller “Patient Zero” for Screen Gems. Mike Le penned the script while Vincent Newman is producing.

The story focuses on an unprecedented global rabies pandemic that causes the evolution of a new species – violence-addicted predators. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak the new mutant language leads a hunt to find a cure. [Source: Deadline]

Ted 2
Liam Neeson has scored a role in Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming sequel to his hit comedy “Ted”. Both Neeson and his “Batman Begins” co-star Morgan Freeman have been on the set to film this week. MacFarlane is returning to helm, co-write the script and voice the ribald title character. [Source: Twitter]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game,” “Hugo”) is circling and is director Tim Burton’s choice for a pivotal role in the Jane Goldman-scripted adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” at 20th Century Fox. Shooting is scheduled to begin in February.

Butterfield would play 16-year-old Jacob Portman who goes on a quest to seek the truth about his grandfather’s past, after he is murdered by an evil creature called a “hollow”. He is soon introduced to Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and other children with extraordinary abilities. [Source: The Wrap]

The Walking Dead
Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”) has joined the cast of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. Details on whom he is playing are being kept under wraps other than his character is named Noah, no such character name exists in the comics.

It’s unclear which episode Williams will make his debut in or in what capacity (ie. regular, recurring, etc.). The actor was previously spotted on the show’s Atlanta set. [Source: The Live Feed]