Casting: Hoffman, Dale, Helman, Hayward

Child 44
Philip Seymour Hoffman has joined the cast of Daniel Espinosa’s Stalinist-Russia set thriller “Child 44” at Summit Entertainment. Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, and Joel Kinnaman also star.

Hardy plays a Soviet police officer investigating a child killer in a country where the official party line is that there is no crime. [Source: Deadline]

James Badge Dale (“Iron Man 3,” “World War Z”) is confirmed to be re-teaming with his “The Grey” director Joe Carnahan for “Stretch”. The specifics of Dale’s role are unknown.

The story follows a limo driver (Patrick Wilson) who takes on a mysterious client (Chris Pine) promising to eliminate his debt, once the protagonist is taken on an extreme ride. [Source: Twitter

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Aussie actor Josh Helman (“Home And Away,” “Animal Kingdom”) has joined the cast of Bryan Singer’s currently filming “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”. Helman’s role in the film is unspecified.

The actor joins a cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing and Evan Peters. [Source: The Wrap]

14-year-old Kara Hayward (“Moonrise Kingdom”) will star in Noah Pritzker’s indie drama “Quitters”. Mira Sorvino, Greg Germann, Benjamin Konigsberg and Morgan Turner also star.

Hayward will play Etta, a high school freshman dealing with her parents divorce. Shooting is currently underway in San Francisco. [Source: Deadline]