Casting News: Franco, Serralles, Walker

James Franco is in talks while Hank Azaria, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth and Robert Patrick have all joined the cast of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Lovelace” at Millennium Films which begins filming today in Los Angeles.

Amanda Seyfried is set to play porn star Linda Lovelace. Franco is up for a cameo as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Azaria will play the director of Lovelace’s most famous film “Deep Throat”,

Cannavale and Noth will play the film’s financiers, and Patrick will play Lovelace’s father. Peter Sarsgaard, Wes Bentley, Sharon Stone and Juno Temple also star. [Source: Deadline]

Inside Llewyn Davis
Stage veteran Jeanine Serralles (“Two Lovers,” “Across the Universe”) has joined the cast while “Amadeus” star F. Murray Abraham is circling the role of legendary manager Bud Grossman in Joel and Ethan Coen’s folk music pic “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Set amid the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, story follows a protagonist (Oscar Isaac) loosely based on singer Dave Van Ronk, a friend of Bob Dylan’s, and other famous musicians. Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan also star. [Source: Variety]

Penthouse North
Andrew Walker (“Against the Wall”) is set to play the boyfriend of the lead female character in Joseph Ruben’s thriller “Penthouse North” at Dimension Films.

Michelle Monaghan plays a blind photojournalist who gets caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse with a sadistic criminal (Michael Keaton). [Source: Variety]