Casting News: Hough, Banks, Cleese

Safe Haven
“Rock of Ages” star Julianne Hough is in negotiations to join Josh Duhamel in Lasse Hallstrom’s adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel “Safe Haven” at Relativity Media.

Dana Stevens and Les Bohem adapted the script in which Hough would play a young woman whose arrival in a small North Carolina town prompts its tight-knit community to question her mysterious past. [Source: Variety]

What’s the Matter with Margie
Elizabeth Banks has joined Daniel Minahan’s dark comedy “What’s the Matter with Margie” for Myriad Pictures. Shooting commences early 2013 in Los Angeles.

“True Blood” creator Alan Ball penned the script in which Banks plays a stepped-on office-worker who, after years of abuse, snaps and resorts to murderous revenge. [Source: Thompson on Hollywood]

Hunting Elephants
John Cleese, Sasson Gabai and Moni Moshonov have joined the cast of Reshef Levi’s “Hunting Elephants” at Bleiberg Entertainment. Shooting kicks off in July in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

The story follows a clever but unpopular 12-year-old boy who teams up with his grandfather, the latter’s wily nursing home friend and an eccentric British lord to rob a bank and avenge his father’s death. [Source: Screen Daily]