Casting: Law, Gallagher, Root, Sizemore

The Young Pope
Jude Law is set to star in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s TV series “The Young Pope” at HBO, Sky and Canal Plus. The story deals with an imaginary conservative American pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history and has been recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals. Trouble is, they’re not ready for how hard-line he is.

Production on the eight-episode series is set to begin this summer with filming to take place predominantly in Italy with additional locations in the United States, Africa and Puerto Rico. Sorrentino will helm all eight episodes and penned the scripts with the help of Tony Grisoni, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Rulli. [Source: Variety]

The Belko Experiment
John Gallagher (“The Newsroom”) is set to star in Greg McLean’s thriller “The Belko Experiment” at MGM Studios. James Gunn will produce and penned the script with filming to begin shortly in Bogota, Colombia.

Set in South America, the story deals with a company that is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a workday, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every employee. [Source: The Wrap]

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Stephen Root (“Office Space”) is set to play the father of Zac Efron and Adam DeVine’s characters in Jake Szymanski’s comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment.

Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien wrote the script which follows two party-animal brothers who place an online ad for wedding dates, only to meet their match in Anna Kendrick and Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza Plaza’s characters. The film will open July 8th 2016. [Source: The Wrap]

U.S.S. Indianapolis: Men of Courage
Tom Sizemore will join Nicolas Cage in Mario Van Peebles’ World War II movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” for Saban Films. Van Peebles helms from a script by Cam Cannon and Richard Rionda Del Castro.

Cage will play Captain Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July 1945. Only one-quarter of the sailors survived, and McVay was court-martialed, then exonerated more than half a century later. [Source: Variety]