Casting News: Dano, Black, Golightly

Twelve Years A Slave
Paul Dano (“There Will Be Blood,” “Little Miss Sunshine”) has joined the cast of Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years A Slave” at New Regency. Based on Solomon Northup’s novel, the story follows a free black man who is drugged and dragged to Louisiana and sold into slavery.

Dano will play one of the slave owners who brutalize the lead character (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt also star. [Source: Deadline]

Promised Land
Lucas Black has joined the cast of both the Gus Van Sant-directed “Promised Land” at Focus Features, and the Brian Helgeland-directed “42” at Warner Bros. Pictures.

In ‘Promised’, Black plays a land owner who gets cheated and exploited when his land is leased. In ’42’, he plays shortstop Pee Wee Reese who befriended and stood by rookie Jackie Robinson from the moment joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. [Source: Deadline]

Gage Golightly is set to star in Marcus Nispel’s horror pic “Backmask” which will shoot in early June in Rhode Island.

The story follows a group of teenagers who accidentally release an evil spirit that starts to possess them one by one. [Source: Variety]