Casting: Fimmel, Eastwood, Abbott, Rush, Meyers

Maggie’s Plan
Travis Fimmel (“Vikings”) is set to join Greta Gerwig, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore in Rebecca Miller’s rom-com “Maggie’s Plan” for Round Films.

Fimmel will play the role of Gary about a young woman tries to make it on her own in New York City. Filming is slated to begin this month. [Source: Deadline]

Scott Eastwood will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley in Oliver Stone’s untitled film about NSA leaker Edward Snowden for Open Road and Endgame. Eastwood will play an NSA agent who leads the group. [Source: Deadline]

The Taliban Shuffle
Christopher Abbott (“Girls,” “James White”) has scored a role in Tina Fey’s untitled project based on Kim Barker’s wartime memoir “The Taliban Shuffle” at Paramount Pictures. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing and shooting begins in New Mexico this month.

The dark comedy is fish-out-of-water experience about the challenges of being a woman covering events in wartime Afghanistan and Pakistan. Fey will produce and play the journalist, Abbott’s role is unknown. [Source: THR]

The Final Portrait
Geoffrey Rush is set to play artist Alberto Giacometti in the Stanley Tucci-directed drama “Final Portrait” for HanWay. Additional casting is underway.

Tucci both writes and directs the film which will recount Giacometti’s life as told by his old friend and US art critic, James Lord as he sits to have his portrait painted. [Source: Screen]

Damascus Cover
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (“The Tudors,” “Dracula”) has scored the lead role in the Middle Eastern espionage thriller “Damascus Cover”. Olivia Thirlby, Sir John Hurt, Igal Naor, Jurgen Prochnow and Navid Negahban also star and filming begins in Morocco this week.

Based on Howard Kaplan’s 1977 novel, the story follows a veteran spy sent undercover in Syria to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Damascus in 1989. Within days of his arrival he realises he’s being followed and soon hunted. Caught in a maddening puzzle, he must race for survival. [Source: Screen]