Casting: Kwanten, Dunst, Biel, Whitford

Sex and Sunsets
Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) will top line Jeremiah Chechik’s Canadian indie flick “Sex and Sunsets” for Serendipity Point Films. Shooting kicks off in August in Banff and Los Angeles.

Based on the novel by Tim Sandlin, Kwanten plays a failed writer-cum-dishwasher made famous for his many flaws and shortcomings in a blog. Chechik will direct from a script by Megan Martin. [Source: THR]

Two Faces of January
Kirsten Dunst has signed on to play the wife of Viggo Mortensen’s character in Hossein Amini’s psychological thriller “Two Faces Of January” for Studiocanal and Working Title. Shooting kicks off in October in Greece and Turkey.

An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, Mortensen plays a con artist who kills a Greek policeman, possibly by accident, which sends him on the run with wife (Dunst) and an American tutor (Oscar Isaac) in tow. [Source: Empire]

The Wolverine
Jessica Biel has scored the role of ‘The Viper’ in James Mangold’s “The Wolverine”.

In the comics, the character “bounces between good and not so good and she holds some sway over Wolverine”. [Source: Deadline]

Saving Mr. Banks
Bradley Whitford is in early talks to join Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks”. Whitford has an offer to play Don DaGradi, who co-wrote the screenplay to “Mary Poppins”.

The story chronicles Walt Disney’s 14-year effort to persuade Aussie author P.L. Travers to sell him the film rights to her book “Mary Poppins.” [Source: Chicago Tribune]