Casting News: Bardem, Gallo, Brand

Despicable Me 2
Javier Bardem has dropped out of playing the lead villain El Macho in “Despicable Me 2” at Universal Pictures.

Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig and Julie Andrews remain committed to the upcoming animated comedy which hits theatres July 2013. [Source: Heat Vision]

Don’t Shoot the Piano Player
Vincent Gallo is set to star in Alexandre Nahon’s “Don’t Shoot the Piano Player” for Bleiberg Entertainment.

Based on the David Goodis novel “Down There”, Gallo plays a Hollywood composer who loses it all. Shooting kicks off in Los Angeles and New York this summer. [Source: Thompson on Hollywood]

The Hauntrepreneur
Russell Brand is attached to star in the feature “The Hauntrepreneur” for Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes.

Scott Rosenberg penned the script which revolves around a family that has trouble adjusting to a new town and hires a peculiar man who calls himself the Hauntrepreneur to help them.

In an attempt to bring them together, the man creates a haunted house filled with an odd cast of characters. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will produce. [Source: Variety]