Casting: Johansson, Breslin, Patinkin, Tang

Scarlett Johansson has joined the cast of Jon Favreau’s “Chef” for Aldamisa International. Shooting begins early July in Los Angeles.

The story follows a chef (Favreau) who loses his job and starts up a food truck. Robert Downey Jr, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Bobby Cannavale also star. [Source: Screen]

Abigail Breslin (“Zombieland,” “The Cll”) has landed the lead role in Mark Ponderai’s contagion thriller “Peste”. Shooting begins in September.

Barbara Marshall’s deals with a plague that sweeps through a town and forces a girl’s family to make a devastating decision. [Source: Screen Daily]

Wish I Was Here
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) and Josh Gad (“Love and Other Drugs”) joined the Zach Braff-directed indie drama “Wish I Was Here”. Braff helms from a screenplay he co-wrote with his brother, Adam J. Braff.

Braff plays a 35-year-old an actor who is struggling to provide for his family. When his ailing father (Patinkin) can no longer afford to pay for his young children’s private school, he reluctantly agrees to home school them. [Source: Twitter]

Untitled Michael Mann Project
“Lust, Caution” actors Wei Tang and Leehom Wang have joined the cast of Michael Mann’s untitled cyber thriller at Legendary Pictures. Shooting begins in June.

The story deals with cyber theft with Tang and Wang to play a brother-and-sister duo. Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis also star. [Source: Heat Vision]