Casting: Elba, Portman, Bennett, Denton

The Gunman
Idris Elba is in talks to join Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in Pierre Morel’s action thriller “The Gunman” at Silver Pictures and Studio Canal. Elba will portray a mysterious operative named Dupont.

Based on the novel “Prone Gunman” by Jean-Patrick Manchette, Penn plays an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he works for, forcing him into a game of cat and mouse across Europe. Shooting begins in financed later this month. [Source: Heat Vision]

Dare Me
Natalie Portman is being courted to star in “Dare Me” at Fox 2000. Michael Sucsy has been set to direct.

The story is an adaptation of the Megan Abbott novel and is described as “Heathers” meets “Fight Club” with teenage cheerleaders. [Source: Deadline]

The Equalizer
Haley Bennett (“Marley and Me”) has signed on for a role in Antoine Fuqua’s “The Equalizer” reboot at Sony Pictures.

Denzel Washington, Chloe Moretz and Melissa Leo will star, and details of Bennett character are unknown. [Source: Deadline]

James Denton and Tanna Frederick are set to star in Henry Jaglom’s romantic mystery “Ovation.” Shooting begins August 5th in Los Angeles.

The story is set in the backstage world of theater where the cast struggles to keep their play afloat while they search for a murder suspect amongst themselves. [Source: Variety]