Casting News: Paxton, Ryan, Paul

2 Guns
Bill Paxton will play a high-ranking CIA operative while Paula Patton is also in talks to star in the crime actioner comic adaptation “2 Guns”. Baltasar Kormakur (“Contraband”) helms the project.

The story centers on a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who unknowingly investigate each other as each is stealing money from the mob. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington play the two leads. [Source: Variety]

Devil’s Knot
Amy Ryan and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) are in early talks to join the cast of Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three drama “Devil’s Knot”.

Ryan would play soon-to-be ex-wife of Colin Firth’s character. DeHaan would play a teen who had history with the three murdered boys. [Source: Variety]

The Missionary
“Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul is in negotiations for the lead role in the new HBO pilot “The Missionary”.

Charles Randolph and Mark Wahlberg will produce the series about an American missionary in 1960s Berlin who becomes tangled up with the CIA. [Source: Deadline]