Casting: Page, Johnson, Penn, Woodard

Ellen Page is in talks to play the wife of John Belushi (Emile Hirsch) in Steve Conrad’s upcoming indie biopic “Belushi”. Jacklin was Belushi’s loving high school girlfriend who eventually married the comedian and was left devastated by his death.

The film explores the comedian’s rise to fame on SNL and films like “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers” before he died of an overdose at 33. Filming begins later this year in New York. [Source: The Wrap]

Black Mass
Having wrapped “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” Dakota Johnson is in early talks to play the love interest of Johnny Depp’s Whitey Bulger in Scott Cooper’s true story drama “Black Mass” at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Johnson is Lindsey, the Boston mobster’s girlfriend and the mother of his 6-year-old son Douglas, who dies tragically. Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce also star. [Source: Deadline]

Dylan Penn, daughter of Sean Penn, will make her acting debut as the lead in Eli Morgan Gesner’s indie horror film “Condemned”. Filming begins in April in New York.

Penn will play the youngest of a group of kids who live in a condemned building in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The building’s residents succumb to an infection from their own waste and garbage, inciting attempts to kill one another. [Source: Variety]

State of Affairs
Alfre Woodard will play U.S. President Roberta Payton on NBC’s “State of Affairs”. Payton hires her late son’s ex-girlfriend (Katherine Heigl) to be her legal briefer and counselor in regards to high-stakes global incidents. [Source: The Wrap]

Get Hard
Edwina Findley (“Middle of Nowhere,” “Treme”) has scored the role of Kevin Hart’s wife in Ethan Cohen’s “Get Hard” at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Will Ferrell plays a wealthy investment banker wrongly convicted of a crime, who toughens up for prison under the wing of the guy who washes his car (Hart). Findley’s character is also a mother whom frequently needs to spell out the obvious to her husband. [Source: Deadline]