Casting News: Pettyfer, Roth, Paltrow

Diamond Dogs
Alex Pettyfer is set to play the lead in “Heartbreaker” director Pascal Chaumeil’s new English-language thriller “Diamond Dogs” for Quad Films.

An adaptation of a novel by Alan Watt, Pettyfer will play a popular Nevada high school quarterback whose life is turned upside down after he accidentally kills someone, a crime his local sherrif father is covering up. [Source: Variety]

Tim Roth, Jean Dujardin and Cecile de France have joined Eric Rochant’s spy thriller “Mobius” for EuropaCorp and Axel Films. Set in the world of high finance, Roth plays a Russian oligarch suspected of laundering money through his bank.

Shooting kicks off later this year Belgium, Luxembourg, Ukrania, Russia and Monaco with the film aiming to be completed and ready for release by early 2013. [Source: Variety]

Guernica 33 Days
Gwyneth Paltrow is in negotiations to play opposite Antonio Banderas in Carlos Saura’s $10 million-budget “Guernica 33 Days” which deals with Pablo Picasso’s emotional turmoil as he painted his masterpiece. Shooting runs from mid-September to mid-November in Guernica and France.

Banderas will play the famed artist and Paltrow is up to play his lover Dora Maar, a Spanish-speaking French photographer who snapped the stages of “Guernica’s” creation. Imanol Arias and Barbara Goenaga also star. [Source: Variety]