Casting: Kurkulina, Fassy, Thewlis, Maguire

Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall
6’2 and 200 lbs bodybuilder Olga Kurkulina has apparently scored the role of Mother Russia in the upcoming “Kick Ass” sequel.

The character is a ruthless ex-KBG officer who is now the bodyguard for Red Mist (Chris Mintz-Plasse). Shooting kicks off shortly in Toronto and London. [Source: Comic Book Movie]

Jane Got a Gun
He was already linked but now it’s set, Michael Fassbender (“Shame,” “X-Men: First Class”) has signed on to Lynne Ramsey’s western drama “Jane Got a Gun” which begins shooting early next year.

Fassbender would play Natalie Portman’s ex-lover who must help her defend her farm and half-dead husband from criminal confederates out to kill them. [Source: Coming Soon]

David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films) has joined the cast of Dean Parisot’s “RED 2” at Summit/Lionsgate. Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich return as over-the-hill special agents, joined this time by Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byun-Hun Lee.

Thewlis will play the information dealer The Frog who got his name by poisoning the water supply at the Kremlin using a toxic Amazonian frog. Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce and shooting kicks off this Fall in Montreal. [Source: Heat Vision]

Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures will produce and Maguire is being offered one of the main voice roles in the animated feature “Cardboard” at Fox Animation and WedgeWorks. “Ice Age” helmer Chris Wedge will produce and is looking at directing the film.

Based on graphic novelist Doug TenNapel’s work, the story follows an impoverished widower who gives a disappointing birthday present to his young son – a cardboard box. Making the best out of a bad situation, they turn the box into a boxer named Bill that magically comes to life. [Source: Variety]