Casting: Neeson, Vikander, James, Blair, Cornish

A Willing Patriot
Liam Neeson is in final negotiations to star in Martin Zandvliet’s terrorist-themed thriller “A Willing Patriot” at MadRiver Pictures. Jason Keller penned the script and will produce with Marc Butan.

Neeson will portray a C.I.A. agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist planning an imminent attack. He’ll risk everything, including his own life, to stop his foe and avenge his mysterious past. [Source: THR]

The Circle
Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) is set to star in the tech world drama-thriller “The Circle” based on Dave Eggers’ 2013 novel.

The story centers on a recent college graduate (Vikander) who lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man (Tom Hanks). [Source: THR]

The Kaiser’s Last Kiss
Lily James (“Cinderella”) is set to star opposite Christopher Plummer in David Leveaux’s spy thriller “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss” which is set in the wake of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940.

Dutch resistance works covertly with Winston Churchill to insert an agent into the household of former German monarch Kaiser Wilhelm who has been living in exile there since 1917. A lethally dangerous love affair ignites between a German officer and a young Jewish Dutch woman (James) with devastating consequences. [Source: Deadline]

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
Selma Blair is set to play TV reality star and Kardashian clan matriarch Kris Jenner in the upcoming FX series “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson”.

The series takes a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers and explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court. Jenner was the ex-wife of Simpson’s attorney and confidant Robert Kardashian. [Source: Deadline]

Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney are set to star in Ed Gass-Donnelly’s psychological thriller “Lavender”. Filming begins later this month in Toronto.

Cornish will play a photographer struggling with severe memory loss. Strange clues amongst her photos begin to suggest that she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had. [Source: Variety]