Casting: O’Connell, Carell, McTavish, Reno

Untitled Robert the Bruce Project
“Starred Up” director David Mackenzie is reportedly keen on reuniting with that film’s star Jack O’Connell for an upcoming and very gritty film about medieval Scottish king Robert the Bruce which he’s working on.

Mackenzie says: “I’m trying to get Jack involved in that. And I can’t say that’s official, but Jack and I have been in discussion on that. But not as the Robert the Bruce character, as a secondary character, but a very, very sort of close second.” [Source: Collider]

Steve Carell is set to replace Zach Galifianakis in Peter Sollett’s “Freeheld,” a narrative film adaptation of the 2007 documentary about two women who fought for an amendment to the Domestic Partnership Act which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey public employees.

Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star in the project. Galifianakis has dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, with Carell taking over the supporting role of Steven Goldstein, a passionate advocate for Garden State Equality. [Source: Deadline]

The Finest Hours
Graham McTavish (“The Hobbit,” “Outlander”) will join Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in Craig Gillespie’s “The Finest Hours” for Disney Pictures.

The 1952 set film deals with a daring Coast Guard rescue off the coast of Cape Cod.

McTavish will play Frank Fauteux, a fireman who survived the ordeal. [Source: Deadline]

The Squad
Jean Reno is set to join Ray Winstone in Benjamin Rocher’s Paris-set “The Squad,” a French remake of Nick Love’s 2012 feature adaptation of the iconic 1970s police series “The Sweeney”. Filming begins in October.

Reno plays Buren, a tough, old-time Paris police cop who does not play by the rules and is on the trail of a tough underworld crime gang, masquerading a larger crime operation behind a bank robbery and jewellery heist, while contending with a new boss who does not like his unorthodox methods. [Source: Screen]