Casting: Hounsou, Lithgow, Grainger, Schnetzer

Wayward Pines
Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou is set to co-star opposite Jason Patric in the ten-episode second season of the M. Night Shyamalan-produced psychological thriller event series “Wayward Pines” on FOX.

Hounsou will play CJ Mitchum, an original resident and historian with extensive knowledge of its complex origins. He’s the one person who can provide a unique bridge between the current world and the previous one. [Source: Deadline]

The Trail
John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd have signed on star in the NBC comedy pilot “The Trail”. Shepherd plays Anne Flatch, the enthusiastic receptionist at a makeshift law office and a woman who suffers from facial blindness.

Lithgow will play Larry Henderson, a smart but clueless community-college poetry professor accused of murdering his wife. Though he finds the accusation absurd, he has more than a of couple secrets that could hurt his defense. [Source: Variety]

My Cousin Rachel
British actress Holliday Grainger is in final negotiations to join Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin in Roger Michell’s adaptation of the classic 1951 Daphne Du Maurier novel “My Cousin Rachel” for Fox Searchlight.

The dark romance follows a young orphan who believes his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel may have been responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian Ambrose. As he plots his revenge, he finds his feelings complicated as he falls under Rachel’s beguiling spell. [Source: Deadline]

The Grizzlies
Ben Schnetzer (“Goat,” “Pride”) has signed on to star in Miranda de Pencier’s independent drama “The Grizzlies” which begins shooting in the Canadian Arctic in April. Frank Marshall and Jake Steinfeld will executive produce.

“Breaking Bad” scribe Moira Walley-Beckett and “Justified” creator Graham Yost penned the true story tale of a high school teacher who arrives in a struggling Arctic community ravaged by alcoholism, abuse and the highest suicide rate in North America. He started a lacrosse league which galvanized the town and sparked a change in the kids. [Source: Variety]