Casting News: Kitsch, Wood, Connelly, Ross, Zahn

The Raid
Taylor Kitsch has reportedly been offered the lead role in Patrick Hughes’ English-language remake of Indonesian action thriller “The Raid” at Screen Gems.

There’s a catch though, filming is slated to begin January 2015, the same time “True Detective” season two wraps filming, and Kitsch’s team has been pushing HBO and Nic Pizzolatto hard to cast Kitsch in the second season. [Source: The Wrap]

The Last Witch Hunter
Elijah Wood has joined the cast of Breck Eisner’s supernatural action thriller “The Last Witch Hunter” which starts filming later this month.

Vin Diesel plays an immortal witch hunter who teams up with his natural enemy, a witch (Rose Leslie), to save New York from a coven-conjured plague. Michael Caine also stars. [Source: Deadline]

American Pastoral
Jennifer Connelly will play female lead opposite Ewan McGregor in Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “American Pastoral” at Lakeshore Entertainment. Connelly will play Dawn, the wife of Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor).

The story follows a former high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and commits a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. [Source: THR]

Charlotte Ross (“Days of our Lives”) and David Cubitt (“Medium”) have joined the cast of The CW’s “Arrow” for its upcoming third season.

Ross will play the mother of Felicity Smoak, Cubitt will guest star as Mark Shaw, an A.R.G.U.S. operative in Corto Maltese who crosses paths with Diggle and ultimately becomes Manhunter. [Source: TV Guide]

Captain Fantastic
Steve Zahn (“A Perfect Getaway”), Kathryn Hahn (“Tomorrowland”), Missi Pyle (“Gone Girl”), and Erin Moriarty (“True Detective”) have joined the cast of the comedy-drama “Captain Fantastic”. Filming began last month in Washington and New Mexico.

The story follows an idealistic father (Viggo Mortensen) who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids and assimilate back into society. [Source: Deadline]