Casting: Fuka, Clarke, Gilliard, Ricci

Kiki’s Delivery Service
16-year-old figure skater Koshiba Fuka has scored the lead role in the live-action version of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1989 animated feature Kiki’s Delivery Service”.

Takashi Shimizu is confirmed to be helming the project, based on a novel by Eiko Kadono, about a young broom-riding witch who spends a year trying to make it on her own by working as an air courier. [Source: Twitchfilm]

The Habit of Beauty
Noel Clarke (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Doctor Who”) and Francesca Neri (“Hannibal”) have joined “The Habit of Beauty” which will shoot in London and Florence later this year.

Set in the wake of the 2011 London Riots, Clarke plays a successful gallery owner who, along with his wayward godson and an ex-lover, fly to Florence to find a missing photographer with a link to them all. [Source: Screen Daily]

The Walking Dead
Larry Gilliard Jr. (“The Wire”) is set to play Bob Stookey in the fourth season of “The Walking Dead”.

In the comics, the character is a former army medic and Woodbury resident. [Source: THR]

Christina Ricci is in talks to star in Geoffrey Sax’s indie thriller “Unmasked”. Sean Thomas will produce.

The story follows a man who joins a dangerous and mysterious club in order to relive the worst day of his life. [Source: THR]