Casting: Meyers, Hopkins, Li, Penn

Star Wars: Episode VII
“The Tudors” and “Dracula” star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is supposedly having his “name thrown around a lot” in connection to J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII”.

Meyers previously worked with Abrams on “Mission: Impossible III”. No word on what role it will be. [Source: Latino Review]

Anthony Hopkins set to join John Travolta and Kelly Preston in Joe Johnston’s biopic of mobster John Gotti at IM Global, Fiore Films and Relativity Media.

Leo Rossi wrote the screenplay which focuses on the don’s career as a gangster boss and his son, who decides to leave the crime world in order to redeem himself. [Source: Variety]

Transformers 4
“Resident Evil: Retribution” star Li Bingbing has reportedly joined the cast of the fourth “Transformers” film for Paramount Pictures. Shooting is slated to begin later in the year.

She is expected to be joined by other well-known Chinese actors as well as newcomers recruited from a talent-scouting competition for the project which aims to be a Chinese-US co-production. [Source: THR]

Inherent Vice
Sean Penn is the latest name circling a role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel “Inherent Vice”. the story has Joaquin Phoenix as pot-smoking detective on a kidnapping case in 1970’s Los Angeles.

The role is thought to be that of a powerful loan shark with a violent temper. Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Kevin O’Connor also star. [Source: Cis & Red Vines]