Casting News: Lone, Mackerel, Cavalry

The Lone Ranger
William Fichtner (“Drive Angry 3D,” “Armageddon”) has been hired to replace Dwight Yoakam in Gore Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger” project at Disney Pictures.

Fichtner will play the villain Butch Cavendish, the role Yoakam dropped out of on Friday because of a scheduling conflict. [Source: Deadline]

Holy Mackerel
Geoffrey Rush is being sought for the lead role in “Holy Mackrel”, the new name for “Divine Rapture” which previously came close to production back in 1995 with Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp and Debra Winger.

The story revolves around a machinist who is declared a saint after apparently rising from her coffin at a funeral, Rush would play a priest. Production designer Glenda Ganis penned the script and shooting aims to kick off this Summer in Ireland. Barry Navidi will produce. [Source: The Guardian]

Cavalry
Isaach de Bankole (“The Limits of Control,” “White Material”) and David Wilmot (“Michael Collins,” “Intermission”) have joined the cast of “The Guard” director John Michael McDonagh’s new comedy “Cavalry” which begins filming in September.

Brendan Gleeson plays a priest who becomes a pariah in his parish after being involved in an abuse scandal. Already cast are the likes of Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”), Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) and Kelly Reilly (“Sherlock Holmes”). [Source: Twitchfilm]