Casting: Leech, Phelps, Ross, Fares

The Imitation Game
Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey”) is in talks to co-star with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in mathematician Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game”.

Turing (Cumberbatch) was responsible for cracking the German ‘Enigma Code’ during World War II that helped the Allies stave off defeat, and who would later be prosecuted for being a homosexual. Leech plays a Scottish spy who worked with the Soviets to plot against Turing. [Source: Vulture]

22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps will appear as himself in a third season episode of USA’s legal series “Suits”.

In the story, Phelps makes hotshot lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) confront their prickly past when Scottie (Abigail Spencer) tries to land him as her first Pearson Specter client. [Source: The Live Feed]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Evan Ross (“90210,” “ATL”) is set to play Messalla, cameraman to Cressida (Natalie Dormer), in the two-part “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” films at Lionsgate.

Francis Lawrence helms these third and fourth films in the saga which are scheduled for release November 2014 and 2015. [Source: Lionsgate]

Fares Fares (“Zero Dark Thirty”) has joined the cast of FX’s drama pilot “Tyrant”. The story revolves around an unassuming American family who are drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.

Fares plays Fauzi Nadal, an old friend of the family’s patriarch from the war-torn city known for its righteous opposition to his family’s regime. Adam Rayner, Justin Kirk and Jordana Spiro also star. [Source: The Live Feed]