Casting: Hendricks, Mara, Lynch, Perry, Jones

The Hurricanes
Christina Hendricks (“Drive,” “Mad Men”) is attached to star in Jonathan Lynn’s female buddy movie “The Hurricanes”. Annalisa D’Innella penned the script and filming begins in February.

The story follows three estranged and very different women who reunite to resurrect their once chart-topping 80s girl band after a rapper samples their music and sends it to the top of the charts. Annalise Davis, Rajita Shah and Jimmy Harry will produce. [Source: Screen]

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn are set to star in acclaimed theatrical director Benedict Andrews’ directorial debut “Blackbird” at Jean Doumanian Productions. Filming begins in the UK next summer.

David Harrower’s script follows two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later. What follows is “an unflinching excavation of damaged love” and the consequences of it. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled High School Supernatural Comedy Project
“Teen Beach Movie” and “Austin & Ally” star Ross Lynch is attached to star in an untitled project at Asylum Entertainment. Jason Filardi (“17 Again”) penned the high-concept supernatural comedy set in a New England high school. Jennifer Gibgot, Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch will produce. [Source: THR]

Black Beauty
Luke Perry, Bruce Davison and Sarah Ann Schultz star in a new contemporary adaptation of Anna Sewel’s classic 1877 novel “Black Beauty” which Epic Pictures Group has just scored the international rights to.

Daniel Zirilli wrote’s film follows a 15-year-old girl who convinces her father and grandfather to rehabilitate an abused wild horse they dub Black Beauty. [Source: Deadline]

I Saw the Light
Cherry Jones (“24”) and Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) will join Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen in the Hank Williams biopic “I Saw The Light” for Bron Studios/RatPac Entertainment. Filming is currently underway in Louisiana.

Jones will play William’s mother. Whitford will portray Fred Rose, the Nashville music publisher who helped guide Williams’ career and was a close friend. Marc Abraham directs from his screenplay based on Colin Escott’s biography. [Source: Screen]