Casting: Peters, Hammer, Kendrick, Cardinelli

Forty Thieves
Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games”), Evan Peters (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and Dan Stevens (“The Guest”) are all reportedly testing for the lead role in Shawn Levy’s “Forty Thieves” at 20th Century Fox.

The project is an adventure comedy take on the classic folk tale ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ with the trio of actors testing for the male lead ‘Allen’. [Source: The Wrap]

The Birth of a Nation
Armie Hammer has joined the cast of actor/director Nate Parker’s “The Birth Of A Nation” about Nat Turner, an African-American slave turned revolutionary who led a bloody rebellion in Virginia in 1831.

Turner went down in history as one of the most controversial American figures preceding the Civil War. Hammer plays Samuel Turner, the son of Nat’s first master Benjamin Turner. [Source: Deadline]

The Accountant
J.K. Simmons is in negotiations and Anna Kendrick is circling the cast of Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant” alongside Ben Affleck. Bill Dubuque penned the script. Affleck plays an accountant who moonlights as an assassin. [Source: THR]

Daddy’s Home
Linda Cardellini (“Mad Men,” “Freaks and Geeks”) will join Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Sean Anders’ comedy “Daddy’s Home” for Paramount and Red Granite. Cardellini will play Ferrell’s wife in the project which begins shooting later this year.

The story centers on a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) looking to become the best stepdad possible to his wife’s two children just as their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives on the scene. [Source: THR]