Casting: Hall, Steinfeld, Williams, Plaza, Peters

Pete’s Dragon
Michael C. Hall has joined cast of Disney’s remake of “Pete’s Dragon” alongside Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and Wes Bentley.

David Lowery will direct this non-musical reinvention of the 1977 film that revolves around Pete and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be a dragon. [Source: Variety]

Carrie Pilby
Hailee Steinfeld is set to star in “Carrie Pilby,” the Susan Johnson-directed indie film adaptation of the coming-of-age novel by Caren Lissner. Suzanne Farwell will produce and shooting aims to begin in May.

Kara Holden and Dean Craig adapted the script which centers on a 19-year-old genius who has just graduated from Harvard and has no idea how to fit in or socialize in life outside college. [Source: THR]

Manchester-by-the-Sea
Michelle Williams is set to join Casey Affleck in Kenneth Lonergan’s new drama “Manchester-by-the-Sea”. Williams will play Affleck’s wife in the film which slated to begin shooting in March in New England. Kevin Walsh, Chris Moore and Matt Damon will produce.

Affleck will play a Boston plumber who is forced to return home to the titular town after he learns his brother passed away. There, he finds himself thrust into the care of the man’s sixteen-year-old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past. [Source: THR]

Dirty Grandpa
Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) has signed onto the comedy road trip film “Dirty Grandpa” for Lionsgate. Plaza will play Lenore, a savvy, beguiling party girl looking for fun on Spring Break.

Efron plays an uptight twenty-something who goes on a pre-wedding road trip to bond with his recently widowed grandfather (Robert De Niro), only to find the man is a foul-mouthed lunatic aiming to get laid during Spring Break. [Source: Deadline]

Elvis and Nixon
Evan Peters (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “American Horror Story”) has scored a role in the indie historical drama “Elvis And Nixon”. Hanala Sagal, Joey Sagal and Cary Elwes penned the film.

The story follows an odd 1970 meeting between Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) and President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey). Peters will play Dwight Chapin, the White House aide who helped organize the meeting after Elvis showed up on the White House lawn one morning. [Source: Deadline]