Casting: Morgan, Hawke, Yelchin, Pablo

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen,” “Magic City”) will play the villain opposite Gael Garcia Bernal in Jonas Cuaron’s thriller “Desierto”. Alfonso Cuaron, Carlos Cuaron and Alex Garcia are producing.

The story centers on a group of illegal immigrants, one of which is played by Bernal, who try to cross the border but run afoul of a man (Morgan) who has taken up border patrol duties in his own racist hands. [Source: Heat Vision]

Ten Thousands Saints
Ethan Hawke and “Ender’s Game” stars Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld have signed on for the film adaptation of Eleanor Henderson’s coming-of-age novel “Ten Thousands Saints” for Maven Pictures and Archer Gray.

Set in the East Village Punk scene of 1987, Butterfield plays a young man sent to live with his estranged father (Hawke) in Manhattan. He soon discovers love, music and a new connection with his dad. Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman direct. [Source: Variety]

The Dying of the Light
Filmmaker Paul Schrader has revealed that Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek”), Irène Jacob (“The Double Life of Véronique”), and Alexander Karim (“Zero Dark Thirty”) have all joined the cast of his dark thriller “The Dying of the Light”.

The story follows a CIA agent going blind on a final mission. Nicolas Cage is onboard to play the agent. [Source: Facebook]

The 33
“NCIS” star Cote De Pablo has joined Patricia Riggen’s “The 33,” the drama feature about the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days in a gold and copper mine.

Pablo will play a wife of one of the trapped miners. Her scenes will be shot in the Atacama Desert near where the actual event took place. Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche and Rodrigo Santoro also star in the film which is currently filming in Chile and Colombia. [Source: Deadline]