Casting: Knightley, Latifah, Owen, Martin

Keira Knightley has joined the cast of Baltasar Kormakur’s currently filming 3D epic “Everest” at Working Title and Universal Pictures. The story deals with rival Everest expeditions caught in a blizzard.

Knightley portrays Jan Arnold, the wife of Jason Clarke’s character. Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal also star with filming take place in England, Nepal and the Italian Alps. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Bessie Smith Biopic
Queen Latifah will star in and executive produce a Bessie Smith biopic for the premium cable network. Dee Rees (“Pariah”) will pen the script and direct.

The story revolves around iconic blues singer as she overcomes the challenges of her tempestuous personal life to become one of the most acclaimed artists of the 1920s and 1930s. [Source: The Live Feed]

Maggie’s Plan
Clive Owen will join Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore in the cast of Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan” for rom-com Protagonist Pictures. Filming begins in New York later this year.

Owen will play John in the story of an unusual love triangle, which Miller wrote from a story by Karen Rinaldi. Additional casting is underway. [Source: Screen]

Stacy Martin (“Nymphomaniac”) will star in Heidi Greensmith’s “Winter”. Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood will executive produce.

Tommy Flanagan (“Sons of Anarchy”) plays an artist who must come to terms with his wife’s death in order to save his relationship with his two sons. [Source: Screen]