Casting: Lange, Carter, Larter, Hope, Pena

The Gambler
Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story) will play the rich and ostentatious mother of Mark Wahlberg’s in-debt character in Rupert Wyatt’s remake of the 1974 James Caan-led “The Gambler” at Paramount Pictures.

Wahlberg will play the role of a college professor whose gambling addiction takes over his life even after his debts lead to some nasty new friends. Brie Lawson also stars. [Source: Deadline]

Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to co-star with Carey Mulligan in Sarah Gavron’s period piece “Suffragette” for Pathe Films and Film4. Faye Ward and Alison Owen will produce.

Based on true events, the story revolves around the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement: women who were forced underground in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. [Source: Variety]

The Diabolical
Ali Larter (“Final Destination,” “Heroes”) has scored the lead in Alistair Legrand’s horror tale “The Diabolical” at Preferred Film & TV. Filming begins in February.

Larter plays a single mother awoken nightly by an increasingly strange and intense presence. She seeks help from her scientist boyfriend Nikolai, who begins a hunt to destroy the violet spirit that paranormal experts are too frightened to take on. [Source: Deadline]

The Descendants
Australian actor Mitchell Hope (“Never Tear Us Apart”) has joined the cast of Disney Channel’s “Descendants,” a live-action TV movie centered around the children of iconic Disney villains.

Hope plays Ben, the benevolent teenage son of the King (Beast) and Queen (Belle). Dove Cameron also stars in the Kenny Ortega-directed project which begins filming in the Spring. [Source: The Live Feed]

Michael Peña (“End of Watch”) has joined “Gracepoint,” the U.S. remake of British hit “Broadchurch”. Filming begins in January.

The story deals with the investigation into the small town murder of a young boy named Danny. Peña plays Danny’s well-liked father, whose wife suspects that he is hiding a secret. [Source: Digital Spy]