Casting: Gad, Fox, Tipton, Macfadyen, Neill

Russ and Roger Go Beyond
Josh Gad has closed a deal to play legendary film critic Roger Ebert in the Michael Winterbottom-directed comedy “Russ & Roger Go Beyond” for STX Entertainment. Gad will play opposite Will Ferrell as sexploitation maestro Russ Meyer.

The debauched comedy follows two no-holds-barred outsiders who defied the Hollywood establishment to make “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” one of the first X-rated films ever released by a major movie studio. Filming begins later this year. [Source: Variety]

Michael J. Fox will lend his voice to the role of a robotic dog in Robin Dunne’s upcoming independent family comedy “A.R.C.H.I.E.” at Trilight Entertainment and Clairwood Capital.

Katharine Isabelle plays a world-renowned roboticist who has created Archie to look like a normal dog while having super strength, X-ray vision and the ability to talk. While her research program is shut down by the military, she helps Archie escape and he winds up in a small town. [Source: Variety]

Analeigh Tipton (“Crazy Stupid Love,” “Warm Bodies”) will star in Craig Goodwill’s psychological thriller “Sadie” from a script he co-wrote with Brian Clark. Filming begins in Italy in early November.

The story centers on a young female novelist (Tipton) who, along with an enigmatic woman named Charlotte, are enticed by an ex-lover to join him at his Italian villa for a weekend celebration. Once there, Sadie begins to fear his true intentions. [Source: Deadline]

Lost City of Z
Angus Macfadyen (“Braveheart,” “Turn”) has joined the cast of James Grey’s adaptation of David Grann’s bestseller “The Lost City Of Z” which is currently in production.

Macfadyen will play real-life explorer James Murray who went into the jungles of South America with Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam). Tom Holland, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson also star. [Source: Deadline]

Tommy’s Honor
Sam Neill has joined the cast of Jason Connery’s “Tommy’s Honor” which is in production in Scotland. Neill will play Alexander Boothby, the Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

Peter Mullan stars as golfing pioneer Tom Morris in the true story of Morris’ complex relationship with his son Tommy (Jack Lowden), who matched his father’s achievement of four Open wins, managing the feat in consecutive championships. [Source: Variety]