Casting: Hasselhoff, Mara, German, Banks

Sharknado 3
“Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff has joined the cast of Syfy’s third “Sharknado” film, playing the father of Ian Ziering’s character Fin. The new film sees the terrifying event causing mass destruction in Washington, D.C., before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida.

Ziering and Tara Reid return for the next outing alongside Cassie Scerbo, Bo Derek, Ryan Newman, Jack Griffo. Guest stars include Mark Cuban as the President of the United States, Ann Coulter as the Vice President, Jerry Springer as a manic tourist, NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard, and WWE star Chris Jericho as a roller coaster ride operator. [Source: Variety]

Kate Mara has signed on to star in the sci-fi thriller “Morgan,” the directorial debut of filmmaker Ridley Scott’s son Luke. Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”) is in final negotiations to co-star. Seth Owens penned the Black List screenplay and Ridley Scott will produce.

The story follows a risk management consultant brought in to a remote research lab to determine whether or not an ‘at-risk artificial being’ should be terminated or not. [Source: Heat Vision]

Lauren German (“Chicago Fire”) is set as the female lead opposite Tom Ellis in Len Wiseman’s comic book drama pilot “Lucifer” for Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV.

Tom Kapinos penned the pilot which centers on Lucifer (Ellis) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for Los Angeles where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals. German plays Chloe Dancer, an LAPD homicide detective who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by him. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Battle of the Sexes Film
Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti are set to play tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in the untitled HBO film about the historic ‘battle of the sexes’ tennis match.

David Auburn (“Proof”) is set to write while Banks, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Max Handelman serve as executive producers. [Source: Variety]