Casting: Gallner, Brooks, Cox, Malek, Davalos

The Finest Hours
Kyle Gallner (“Veronica Mars”) and Holliday Grainger (“The Borgias”) have joined the cast of Craig Gillespie’s true-disaster feature “The Finest Hours” for Disney Pictures. The story chronicles the massive rescue mission that’s launched when two oil tankers collided off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952.

Gallner plays the rescue-boat’s engineman, a man who feels he has a lot to prove. Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Josh Stewart and Graham McTavish also star in the film which begins production this month in Massachusetts. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Game Brain Project
Albert Brooks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are in talks to join Peter Landesman’s upcoming feature about football concussions at Sony Pictures. Will Smith and Alec Baldwin lead the cast for the Ridley Scott-produced film based on the GQ article “Game Brain”.

Brooks will play Cyril Wecht, the chief forensic pathologist who mentors forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith) and encourages him to press his discovery of the concussion syndrome that has been fatal in contributing to the suicides of some former NFL superstars. [Source: Deadline]

The Slap
Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox have joined the cast of NBC’s eight-episode miniseries “The Slap” based on the Australian miniseries of the same name. The story centers on the fallout of what happens when a man (Quinto) slaps another couple’s misbehaving child at a family barbeque.

The event sparks a massive family dispute that exposes secrets, prompts a lawsuit and tears the family apart. Cox will play the patriarch of the family. Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard also star. [Source: The Live Feed]

Mr. Robot
Rami Malek (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,” “24”) has scored the lead role in USA Network’s hacker drama pilot “Mr. Robot”. The story centers on a young programmer who suffers from antisocial disorder and can only connect to people by hacking them.

Malek will play said programmer, a brilliant cyber security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night who finds himself drawn to an underground anarchist group that launches cyber-attacks in an attempt to start a global revolution. [Source: The Live Feed]

Peter Pan Live
Five-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara has scored the role of Mrs. Darling, the mother to Wendy, John and Michael, in NBC’s upcoming “Peter Pan Live” TV musical event.

O’Hara joins a cast that includes Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, Allison Williams as Peter Pan and Christian Borle as both Smee and George Darling. [Source: The Live Feed]

The Man In The High Castle
Alexa Davalos (“Clash of the Titans,” “Riddick”) has scored the lead role in Amazon’s pilot “The Man In The High Castle”. Davalos plays a woman who lives in Japanese-occupied San Francisco and is forced east after her half sister is shot in front of her.

Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning novel, the project is set in 1962 in an alternative reality in which Nazi Germany and Japan won World War II. They control different parts of the U.S. with a chunk of the Midwest still up for grabs. [Source: Deadline]