Casting: Egerton, Mara, Powley, Stanfield, Murray

Robin Hood: Origins
Rumored last week, it now appears “Kingsman” star Taron Egerton has beaten out the competition and has entered talks to star in “Robin Hood: Origins” for Lionsgate.

The origins story that has been likened to “Batman Begins” with Robin Hood returning from fighting in The Crusades to find that Sherwood Forest is rife with corruption and evil. He forms a band of outlaws and they take matters into their own hands. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Megan Leavey Biopic
Kate Mara (“Fantastic Four,” “House of Cards”) has signed on to star as Iraq war hero Megan Leavey in “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s upcoming biopic about the marine K9 bomb sniffing unit member and her dog Rex.

The pair served two tours in Iraq together but were separated for five years. When he was scheduled to be euthanized, she fought hard to save him and ultimately did – caring for him until his death at age 11 in 2012. Filming begins in October. [Source: Deadline]

Carrie Pilby
Bel Powley (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) has scored the title role in the indie film adaptation of Caren Lissner’s coming-of-age novel “Carrie Pilby”. Eddie Izzard, Jason Ritter and Tom Wilkinson also star.

Powley will play the Carrie, a 19-year-old genius who has just graduated from Harvard and has no idea how to fit in or socialize in life outside college. Hailee Steinfeld was previously attached to the role but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. [Source: THR]

Untitled Colin Warner Biopic
Keith Stanfield (“Straight Outta Compton”) has scored the lead role in director Matt Ruskin’s upcoming untitled film based on the story of wrongfully convicted prisoner Colin Warner.

Warner was an 18-year-old kid in 1980 Brooklyn wrongly identified by a witness and ultimately sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Warner was eventually freed in 2001, more than a decade after the real killer came forward. [Source: Deadline]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) has joined the cast of David Yates’ “Harry Potter” spin-off film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Murray will share scenes with Ezra Miller’s character, Kredan, but details of her character aren’t forthcoming. Additionally, ten-year-old Faith Wood-Blagrove has won a global casting call to play a character named Modesty. [Source: The Wrap]