Casting: Grabol, Glover, Stone, Jackson

The Hour of the Lynx
Original Danish “The Killing” star Sofie Grabol has joined the cast of Soren Kragh-Jacobsen’s $3.7 million psychological thriller “The Hour of the Lynx” from “Submarino” scribe Tobias Lindholm. Shooting kicks off late September.

Swedish author Per Olov Enquist penned the original story in which Grabol plays a vicar at a locked institution, helping violent, traumatised inmates by giving them the responsibility for pet animals. [Source: Screen Daily]

Crispin Glover and Martin Klebba (“Project X”) have joined the cast of David Grovic’s thriller “Motel” at Red Granite International. John Cusack plays a hitman hired by a famous mob boss (Robert De Niro).

The killer has to fight his way through a cadre of other dangerous people who were also hired by the mobster to convene at a shady motel, and then teams up with a woman to plan his escape. [Source: Heat Vision]

Mother’s Day
Sharon Stone has joined the cast of Paul Duddridge’s “Mother’s Day” at Siempe Vedre Productions.

This story follows twelve mothers who examine the relationships with their daughters over the holiday. [Source: Chicago Tribune]

Black Nativity
Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson are in negotiations to join Kasi Lemmons’ film adaptation of Langston Hughes’ 1961 gospel musical “Black Nativity” at Fox Searchlight.

The story follows a young black teen from Baltimore who is sent by his single mother (Hudson) to Harlem to spend Christmas with the grandparents (Jackson, Bassett) he’s never met.

Through his grandfather’s Christmas Eve sermon and a stylized, dream-sequence retelling of the classic Nativity story, he learns about the importance of faith and family. [Source: Variety]