Casting: Duhamel, Van Damme, O’Dowd

Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Josh Duhamel has joined the cast of Disney Jr.’s flagship animated series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”

The “Transformers” star will voice the recurring role of Captain Flynn, a dashing young pirate who is well-known for his legendary adventures on the Never Sea with his boat The Barracuda. [Source: Deadline]

Jean Claude Van Damme has joined Dominic Burns’ UK sci-fi feature “UFO” starring Richard E. Grant, Bianca Bree, Sean Brosnan and Simon Phillips.

The story follows five friends in the English countryside who fight for survival when an enormous UFO settles above a nearby city. [Source: full details]

The Sapphires
Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids,” “The IT Crowd”) will star in Wayne Blair’s film adaptation of the hit Aussie musical “The Sapphires” which begins shooting this month in Australia and Vietnam.

Set in 1968, the story follows a girl band (Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell) plucked from obscurity in a remote Aboriginal mission by an unlikely Irish talent scout (O’Dowd) who takes them to entertain the troops in Vietnam. [Source: full details]