Casting: Hall, Rush, Allen, Speedman, Brown

War Machine
Anthony Michael Hall (“The Dark Knight,” “Foxcatcher”) has been cast opposite Brad Pitt in David Michod’s provocative, satirical comedy “War Machine” at Plan B Entertainment and Netflix. The story is based on the book “The Operators” by Michael Hastings.

Pitt plays a four-star general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. Hall will play General Hank Pulver, his second in command. Filming begins later this month. [Source: Deadline]

Holding Patterns
Odeya Rush, Freddie Highmore and Haley Joel Osment have been set to topline Jake Goldberger’s coming-of-age dramedy “Holding Patterns” which is in production in Alabama.

The story centers on a man (Highmore) in his mid-20s and still living at home with his mother and stepfather who puts all his eggs in one basket: the girl (Rush) who works at his local coffee shop. Catch is she has a serious boyfriend and both are soon forced to examine where they are in their lives. [Source: Deadline]

Kim Allen (“Army Wives,” “The Carrie Diaries”) has signed on to portray beloved first lady Jackie Kennedy in Rob Reiner’s upcoming feature “LBJ”. Bill Pullman and Richard Jenkins also star.

Joey Hartstone’s script deals with the political upheaval that Vice President Lyndon Johnson (played by Woody Harrelson) faced when he was thrust into the presidency in November 1963 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. [Source: Deadline]

There Are Monsters
Scott Speedman (“Underworld”), Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Ella Ballentine (“The Captive”) will join Zoe Kazan in “The Strangers” writer/director Bryan Bertino’s new horror film “There Are Monsters” for Atlas Independent.

The story focuses on a mother and daughter who are trapped and tormented by a ruthless creature. Production is now underway in Canada ahead of a 2016 release. [Source: THR]

Running Wild
Dorian Brown (“Wilfred”) and Tommy Flanagan (“Sons of Anarchy”) are set to star with Sharon Stone in Alex Ranarivelo’s “Running Wild” for ESX Entertainment. Filming is now underway in Northern California.

Brown plays a widow who saves her ranch by working with convicts to rehabilitate a herd of wild horses that have wandered onto her property. Flanagan portrays the convict leader while Stone plays the villain. Brian Rudick and Christina Moore penned the script. [Source: Variety]