Casting: Essandoh, Woodard, Slate, Deutch

Bourne 5
Ato Essandoh (“Vinyl,” “Elementary”) has joined the cast of the Matt Damon-led fifth film in the Jason Bourne franchise. Paul Greengrass returns as helmer for the movie which recently began filming.

Character and plot details are under wraps. Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones also star in the film. [Source: Heat Vision]

Marvel’s Luke Cage
Though long rumored, Marvel has finally confirmed Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of its third Netflix series “Luke Cage”. Woodard will play Mariah Dillard, a local Harlem politician and cousin to Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes (Mahershala Ali).

Her life is thrown into turmoil by Harlem’s super-strong newest hero Luke Cage and Cottonmouth’s nefarious acts. The series premieres in 2016 on Netflix. [Source: Twitter]

The Gifted
Jenny Slate (“Married”) will star opposite Chris Evans in the Marc Webb-directed drama “Gifted” at Fox Searchlight. Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan and McKenna Grace also star and filming begins this Fall..

Evans plays a single man raising his 7-year-old, intellectually gifted niece off the grid in rural Florida. He soon enrolls her in school, attracting the unwanted attention of his scheming mother who fights for custody. [Source: Variety]

Before I Fall
Zoey Deutch has been tapped to star in the film adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s 2010 young adult novel “Before I Fall” at Awesomeness Films. Filming aims to begin late next month in Vancouver.

Ry Russo-Young will direct from a Black List script by Maria Maggenti and Gina Prince-Bythewood. Deutch plays a high school senior who finds that she may be living the last day of her life over and over until she gets it right. [Source: Deadline]