Casting: Mays, Paulson, Arianda, Mbatha, Teller

Mena
Jayma Mays (“Glee”) has been cast opposite Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s fact-based, drug-pilot drama “Mena” at Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Cruise plays Barry Seal, a pilot who was a gun runner and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel during the 1980s.

Mays will play Dana Sibota, the Assistant Attorney General of Arkansas. Foul-mouthed, unreasonable, demanding and the kind of boss everyone hates, she desperately wants to take Seal down. [Source: Deadline]

American Horror Story: Hotel
Sarah Paulson is booked to return in the anthology series “American Horror Story: Hotel”. According to show runner, Paulson will be playing “the baddest bad girl of them all”.

Paulson has starred in three of its first four seasons, scoring an Emmy nomination for her lead role in ‘Coven’. She’s also attached to star in FX’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” series where she plays prosecutor Marcia Clark. [Source: The Live Feed]

Florence Foster Jenkins
Nina Arianda will join Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins” at Pathe. The true story tale stars Streep as a woman who used her wealth and high-society connections at the turn of the 20th century to gain traction as a singer.

There was one problem: She couldn’t actually sing. Grant plays her butler and best friend. Arianda will play Agnes Stark, a sexy showgirl trying to work her way into the social stratosphere with the help of her husband and who becomes one of Streep’s biggest supporters. [Source: Deadline]

Beauty and the Beast
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Beyond the Lights”) is set to play the flirty feather duster Plumette in Bill Condon’s live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” for Disney Pictures. Filming begins shortly for a March 2017 release.

Mbatha-Raw joins a cast that includes Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (The Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gadd (LeFou), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), and Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts). [Source: Variety]

Home Is Burning
Miles Teller is attached to star and Jonathan Levine (“50/50,” “Warm Bodies”) is set to direct a film adaptation of Dan Marshall’s memoir “Home Is Burning” at New Line. Both will also produce, whilst Marshall will adapt his own book for the screenplay.

The story recounts when Marshall had to move home (into his parents’ basement) to help out after his mother faced a cancer relapse and his father was diagnosed with ALS. Reuniting with his four siblings – all colorful characters with life challenges of their own – the quartet formed Team Terminal which battled against their parents’ illnesses and occasionally each other. [Source: THR]