Casting: Oyelowo, Barnhill, Rossi, Hendricks

David Oyelowo (“Selma,” “Spooks”) is set to co-star with Lupita Nyong’o in the indie drama “Americanah,” based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The story follows a pair of young Nigerian immigrants who face a lifetime of struggle while their relationship endures. Brad Pitt is producing. [Source: Variety]

Ten-year-old newcomer Ruby Barnhill (“Four O’Clock Club”) is set to play Sophie in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “The BFG”.

The story follows a young orphan girl and the mysterious friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) who introduces her to Giant Country. Production begins next year ahead of a July 2016 release. [Source: Variety]

Nicola Peltz (“Transformers: Age Of Extinction”) and Theo Rossi (“Sons of Anarchy”) have joined the cast of the untitled “Lowriders” project at Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Imagine Entertainment. The story is set in the East L.A. world of lowrider cars and street tagging. [Source: Deadline]

Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men,” “Drive”) are set to co-star in Showtime’s Cameron Crowe comedy pilot “Roadies”. Hendricks will play Shelli, the band’s tough but privately emotional production manager .

The hourlong comedy follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the crewmembers who get the show on the road. Crowe is writing and directing the pilot which will film in Vancouver in early 2015. [Source: The Live Feed]