Casting: O’Connell, Turner, Maillet, Ritter

“Skins” and “Eden Lake” star Jack O’Connell is set to play real-life World War II hero Lou Zamperini in Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken”.

O’Connell beat out a bevy of up-and-comers for the coveted part of the Los Angeles high school track star-turned-Olympian. [Source: THR]

Janine Turner has joined the cast of the supernatural thriller “Solace” at FlynnPictureCo., Eden Rock Media, and Silver Reel.

Anthony Hopkins stars as retired doctor and FBI psychic John Clancy, who’s tasked with helping hunt down a killer (Colin Farrell). Turner will play Elizabeth Clancy, wife of Hopkins’ character. [Source: Deadline]

The Strain
Robert Maillet (“Pacific Rim,” “300”) has been cast as the villain, the ancient vampire The Master, in Guillermo del Toro’s drama series pilot “The Strain” for FX.

The show follows a CDC team who investigate what appears to be an outbreak of vampirism. [Source: The Wrap]

Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad”) is to star in Jake Hoffman’s NYC indie rock themed “Asthma”. Benedict Samuel and Christine Lahti also star.

The story follows the live fast, die young mentality of the Big Apple’s indie rock scene. Hoffman also wrote the script. [Source: The Belfast Telegraph]