Casting: Gatsby, Ranger, Seeking, War

The Great Gatsby
Aussie actor Joel Edgerton (“Animal Kingdom,” “Warrior”) has been set by director Baz Luhrmann to play Tom Buchanan in his upcoming 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Edgerton and Welsh hunk Luke Evans both read for the part recently, Edgerton was thought to have the edge thanks to a more burly physical shape, and being a local actor who has worked with Sydney film crews (where the production is filming) for over a decade. [Source: Deadline]

The Lone Ranger
Speaking of confirmations, contracts are being written and the deal is expected to shortly be done that would see Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) playing the titular Old West hero in the Disney adventure film take on “The Lone Ranger”.

Hammer joins producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and actor Johnny Depp as his sidekick Tonto. [Source: The Los Angeles Times]

Seeking a Friend at the End of the World
“Community” actress Gillian Jacobs has joined the cast of Mandate’s “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” for Focus Features.

Steve Carell and Keira Knightley play a pair who go on a roadtrip to find Carell’s lost love set against the backdrop of an asteroid hurtling towards Earth.

Jacobs will play a waitress high on Ecstasy the duo meet on their journey Lorene Scafaria penned the script and will make her directorial debut on the film. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

War Below Zero
Mads Mikkelsen and Til Schweiger are teaming on the stripped down World War II thriller “War Below Zero” which Icelandic helmer Agust Gudmundsson (“The Seagull’s Laughter”) is directing.

The pair play two enemy meteorologists, a Dane and a German, who are posted to Greenland in order to control the weather reports and gain the upper hand in the North Atlantic U-boat war.

The pair soon become dependent on one another to survive in the harsh winter environment. Shooting kicks off in March in Iceland and Sweden. Anders Thomas Jensen (“In a Better World”) penned the script. [Source: Variety]