Casting: Hirsch, Azalea, Bernal, Laurence, Henao

Just Jim
Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild,” “Lone Survivor”) is set to star in “Just Jim,” directorial debut of “Submarine” and “Neighbors” actor Craig Roberts, which begins filming in Wales this week.

Roberts plays a teenage loser who life is turned around by the appearance of an enigmatic, handsome neighbour (Hirsch). Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington and Matthew Aubrey also star. [Source: Screen]

Fast and Furious 7
Rapper Iggy Azalea is set to cameo in the upcoming seventh “Fast and Furious” film at Universal Pictures. Vin Diesel revealed the news during an interview with France’s Skyrock FM. Diesel said:

“Well, Iggy Azalea, I just worked with her two weeks ago. I guess you’ll be the first person that knows this – we casted her in Fast & Furious 7. She has a cameo in Fast & Furious 7.” [Source: Billboard]

Gael Garcia Bernal, Jason Priestley, Mariana Ximenes and Alison Pill have joined the cast of Pedro Morelli’s feature comedy “Zoom”. Don McKellar and Jennifer Irwin also star.

The story follows three people – a comic book artist, a novelist and a filmmaker. It’s also a bilingual blend of animation and live action and has been in production in Brazil since early June. [Source: Global News]

Eleven-year-old actress Oona Laurence has joined Ross Partridge’s indie drama “Lamb” based on Bonnie Nadzam’s debut novel. Jess Weixler also stars and filming begins shortly in Wyoming.

The story follows a man (Partridge) who takes a road trip with an awkward and unpopular 11-year-old Tommie (Laurence) determined to help her avoid a destiny of apathy which he’s stuck in following his divorce and father’s death. [Source: Deadline]

Untitled Vanessa del Rio Biopic
Zulay Henao (“Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club”) has signed on to portray Vanessa del Rio in Thomas Mignone’s untitled biopic about the adult film legend. Filming aims to begin in October in Los Angeles and New York.

The script details how Harlem-raised Ana Maria Sanchez went from a waitressing job to prostitution to adult films under the name Vanessa del Rio in the 1970s. Dubbed the ‘Latin from Manhattan,’ she became the first adult film star of Latin decent and enjoyed fame on a level akin to John Holmes and Linda Lovelace. [Source: THR]