Casting: Harris, Efron, Eisenberg, Watts

Mission: Impossible 5
British character actor Sean Harris (“The Borgias,” “Deliver Us From Evil,” “Prometheus”) has been offered and is in negotiations to play another villain – the baddie in Christopher McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible 5” at Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg are reprising their roles from the previous films in the currently shooting project. [Source: Deadline]

Driving Dick Kelly
Robert De Niro and Zac Efron are in early talks to star in “Driving Dick Kelly” (formerly “Dirty Grandpa”) for QED International. Dan Mazer is directing from a script by John Phillips, with Barry Josephson producing.

The story follows a young man (Zac Efron) who, just before his wedding, gets tricked by his perverted grandpa, who is a former U.S. Army General (Robert De Niro), to go on a road trip to Florida for spring break. Grandad tries to prove to his grandson that he is about to marry the wrong woman. [Source: ]

Arms and the Dudes
Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf are about to begin talks to star in the Todd Phillips-directed “Arms and the Dudes” for Warner Bros. Pictures. The story is based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson and Phillips, while Jason Smilovic is writing the script.

The story follows two of the unlikeliest arms dealers who get a $300 million contract to supply weapons for its allies in Afghanistan. They soon found themselves in danger both abroad and back home as they are completely out of their depth. [Source: Deadline]

Demolition
Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal are set to star in “Wild” director Jean-Marc Vallee’s new romantic tale “Demolition”. Filming is slated to begin in New York City on September 15th.

The story is based on Bryan Sipe’s Black List screenplay about a young investment banker wrestling with the aftermath of his wife’s death who meets a woman that changes his life. [Source: Screen]