Casting: Eckhart, Dillane, Barton, Robbie

Untitled MARVEL Project
“The Dark Knight” and “Olympus Has Fallen” actor Aaron Eckhart says that Marvel has been in touch with him and he and the studio “would like to do something together sometime”. Cue fanboy rumors. [Source: Nuke the Fridge]

In the Heart of the Sea
Frank Dillane (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) is in negotiations and Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall”) is being sought to join the cast of Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea” at Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow.

The story is an adaptation of Nathanile Philbrick’s novel, which follows the Essex, a whaling ship that was attacked by a giant sperm whale and sank in 1820, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days. Dillane would play an insubordinate crewman and cousin of Ben Walker’s character. [Source: The Wrap]

Mischa Barton, Sean Astin, John Hannah, Michael Biehn, Stelio Savante and Noureen DeWulf have all joined the cast of Raza Mallal’s crime thriller “Kickback” for Talking Lens Productions. Filming begins in Europe in the Fall.

Based on a true story, the action follows a renegade Moscow detective investigating the murder of a female war journalist. He becomes embroiled in a web of counter espionage involving chemical warfare, and the assassination of the Russian president. [Source: Screen Daily]

Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “About Time”) is said to be in talks for the female lead role opposite Will Smith in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s “Focus” at Warner Bros. Pictures. Denise DiNovi will produce.

The story follows an inexperienced female con artist who teams up with a more seasoned male one. Robbie looks to have beaten out the likes of Olivia Munn, Michelle Williams, Jessica Biel and Rose Byrne for the part. [Source: Variety]