Casting News: Kirby, Bruckner, Hunter

Empire of Dirt
Jennifer Podemski and Luke Kirby are set to star in “Defendor” director Peter Stebbings’ second feature “Empire of Dirt”.

The story follows a single mother (Cara Gee) struggling to make ends meet as she tries to save her teenage daughter (Shahiyela Pourier-Eyre) from the streets. Podemski plays the single mom’s mother, while Kirby is an ex-boyfriend. [Source: THR]

The Anna Nicole Smith Story
Agnes Bruckner (“Private Practice”) will play former Playboy pinup Anna Nicole Smith in Lifetime’s telemovie “The Anna Nicole Smith Story”.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the true story tale of the small town Texan girl who transforms herself into Anna Nicole Smith. [Source: The Live Feed]

Terrence Malick’s Next
Set photos have revealed Holly Hunter can be spotted sharing a scene with Natalie Portman in Terrence Malick’s currently shooting latest project.

Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale also star in the film about “two intersecting love triangles”. [Source: Just Jared]