Casting News: Weisz, Henson, Daddario, Wiley

Recent Oscar nominee Rachel Weisz is set to produce and star in the film adaptation of Max Porter’s novel “Lanny” for The Bureau and BBC Films. A writer is currently being sought while Tristan Goligher will also produce.

A follow up to his acclaimed first novel, “Grief Is a Thing With Feathers,” the story follows the titular Lanny who moves his family to a commuter village close to London that is filled with mysterious characters and myths that tap into English folklore. [Source: Screen Daily]

Coffee & Kareem
Taraji P. Henson (“What Men Want”) and Ed Helms (“Tag”) will star in the action comedy feature “Coffee & Kareem” at Netflix. Michael Dowse (“Stuber”) will direct from a 2014 Black List script by Shane McCarthy.

The story centers on a Detroit cop, who reluctantly teams up with his girlfriend’s 11-year-old son to clear his name and take down the city’s most ruthless criminal. Helms will also produce with Mike Falbo. [Source: THR]

Why Women Kill
Alexandra Daddario (“San Andreas”) has been set as a series regular in CBS All Access’ darkly comedic drama series “Why Women Kill” which hails from producer Marc Cherry, Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios.

The story details the lives of three women living in three different decades – a housewife in the 1960s, a socialite in the 1980s and a lawyer in 2018 – each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. Daddario will play the lawyer’s lesbian lover, a neat freak who may be a little crazy. [Source: Deadline]

Emmy winner Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Detroit”) will join Tom Hanks in the sci-fi feature “Bios” for Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures. Miguel Sapochnik (“Game of Thrones”) helms the film with Craig Luck and Ivor Powell penning the script while Powell and Kevin Misher will produce.

Hanks plays Finch, the last man on Earth and an ailing inventor facing his own mortality. He builds a robot to care for his dog, and the trio embark on an epic cross-country journey where the scientist must teach his creation to become human enough to take care of his pet and for his dog to accept a new master. Caleb Landry Jones also stars. [Source: THR]