Casting: Emmanuel, Shipka, Robbie, Delpy

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Nathalie Emmanuel, best known for her role as Daenerys’ hand maiden Missandei in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” at 20th Century Fox.

Emmanuel will play Harriet, the leader of another group of maze runners. She joins a cast that includes Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson, Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito. Filming on the project begins next month. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

Fan Girl
Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”) will join Meg Ryan, Kara Hayward, Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage in “Fan Girl”. Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the film and will appear as themselves.

The story follows a post-millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her passions together. [Source: Deadline]

The Taliban Shuffle
Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) is in talks to join Tina Fey in the upcoming comedy “The Taliban Shuffle” at Paramount Pictures. Robert Carlock penned the script based on Kim Barker’s darkly comic 2012 memoir.

Barker was a journalist who arrived in Kabul in 2002 with little to no experience and ends up covering the ‘forgotten war’ between old rivals Afghanistan and Pakistan. Robbie will play a dangerously competitive news anchor who befriends Fey’s character in Afghanistan. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

Nearly twenty years on since the original, Todd Solondz is finally making a sequel to “Welcome to the Dollhouse”. Entitled “Wiener-Dog,” Julie Delpy and Greta Gerwig are in discussions to star in the ensemble indie drama for Annapurna and Killer Films.

The film involves several storylines tied together thematically by a dachshund that spreads comfort and joy. Gerwig will play the adult version of the lead character Dawn Wiener from the first film. Heather Matarazzo, who starred in the original, is not returning. [Source: THR]

Jacki Weaver is set to star in James Franco’s adaptation of the 2007 Steve Erikson novel “Zeroville”. Franco plays a 24-year-old student who arrives in Hollywood in 1969 with dreams of breaking into the movie business during a transitional time in the industry.

Weaver will play the lead role of Dotty, a film editor who acts as a mentor and friend to James Franco’s character. Caroline Aragon and Vince Jolivette are producing. [Source: Deadline]