Casting News: Bichir, Piscopo, Kretschman

Machete Kills & Trapped
Mexican actor and Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (“A Better Life,” “Che”) is in negotiations to join Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” and William Friedkin’s indie thriller “Trapped.”

Bichir’s role in ‘Machete’ is under wraps and will shoot from next month. In “Trapped” he plays an Israeli operative and will shoot the project early next year. [Source: Variety]

How Sweet It Is
Joe Piscopo, Paul Sorvino, Erika Christensen and Burt Reynolds have joined Brian Hertzlinger’s musical mob comedy “How Sweet It Is” which begins shooting this weekend in Los Angeles.

Piscopo plays an alcoholic theater owner who needs a strong opening night for his musical to square a debt with the mob. Things get complicated when the mob boss (Sorvino) insists his crony friends get roles. [Source: Variety]

Open Grave
Thomas Kretschmann, Josie Ho, Joseph Morgan, Erin Richards and Max Wrottesley are all set to join Sharlto Copley in the horror tale “Open Grave” at Atlas Independent.

Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego helms the story of six strangers who awaken next to an open grave of rotting bodies in a forest. Shooting kicks off this Friday. [Source: Screen Daily]