Casting News: April 7th 2011

An absolutely insane amount of casting news has hit in the last twelve hours, so much so that I’m compressing a lot of it into this one bumper story to make it quicker and easier to read. Here’s the breakdown with thanks to Entertainment Weekly, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Vulture and Deadline:

21 Jump Street
Comedian and “The Daily Show” regular Rob Riggle is in negotiations to play the villain in the upcoming “21 Jump Street” film adaptation for Sony Pictures. Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube head up the movie about a group of young cops who go undercover as high school students.

“In Treatment” actor Dane DeHaan will play one of three Portland teens who develop powers from exposure to a mysterious substance in the supernatural drama “Chronicle” for 20th Century Fox. Josh Trank will make his feature directorial debut from a script penned by Max Landis.

Jay Baruchel has joined David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” which stars Robert Pattinson as a financial wiz kid who bets his entire fortune against the yen on one day. Baruchel plays the shy guy who founded the company, and who acts as the trader’s conscience.

William Fichtner is in final negotiations to re-team with his “Contact” co-star Jodie Foster in Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi epic “Elysium” for Sony Pictures. Fichtner is also about to close a deal to star in Quentin Dupieux’s indie comedy “Wrong.”

Ryan O’Nan (“Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”) will star opposite Curtis Jackson as newbie cops assigned to a task force and find themselves in bad situations in the drama “Freelancers”. Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker also star.

Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson and Aidan Gillen have all joined “Man on Wire” director James Marsh’s “Shadow Dancer”, based on the novel by Tom Bradby about a former female IRA terrorist turned informer. Owen and Riseborough replace Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall who were set for the lead roles late last year.

Taken 2
Maggie Grace has locked down her deal to reprise the daughter role alongside Liam Neeson in “Taken 2” for EuropaCorp. Olivier Megaton (“Transporter 3”) is poised to direct the film.

The Three Stooges
“Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara is in consideration for a role in the new “Three Stooges” movie. She’ll reportedly play a vixen who lures the knuckleheaded brothers into a potential murder-for-hire scheme.

Woody Allen’s Next
Penelope Cruz will re-team with her “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” director Woody Allen on his next project to be shot in Rome this Summer. Details of her role haven’t been cast.