Casting News: Yellow, Truck, Snow

Half of a Yellow Sun
“Attack the Block” star John Boyega has signed up for two films – Biyi Bandele’s “Half of a Yellow Sun” starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Dominic Cooper is also in talks for a lead role.

Based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Half of a Yellow Sun” recreates a seminal moment in modern African history — Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, and the chilling violence that followed.

Shooting kicks off next month in Nigeria and London. Boyega is also in negotiations to topline Billy O’Brien’s indie sci-fi flick “Creeping Zero” which shoots this Fall. [Source: Variety]

Truck Stop
Evan Peters (“American Horror Story,” “Kick-Ass”) and Juno Temple (“Atonement,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) will star in director Tony Aloupis’ feature debut “Truck Stop” which will shoot in Los Angeles.

The 1970’s-set coming-of-age drama centers around an unlikely friendship between a high-schooler with cerebral palsy (Peters) and a troubled runaway with a dark past (Temple). [Source: Deadline]

Snow Piercer
Kenny Doughty (“Elizabeth,” “Titus”) has joined the cast of Bong Joon-ho’s “Snow Piercer” also starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton. Set in a world covered in snow and ice, the story follows a train full of travelers who struggle to co-exist.

Doughty is also set to make his feature directorial debut on British revenge thriller “Vengeance Waits” starring Richard Coyle which shoots in September. [Source: Variety]