Casting: Powell, Pace, Ward, Shatner, Tveit

Sand Castle
Glen Powell (“Scream Queens”) has joined the cast of Fernando Coimbra’s Iraq War drama “Sand Castle”. Based on a screenplay by Chris Roessner, the story details his experience as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle in 2003.

The action follows an American military unit on a mission repair a water system in a turbulent Iraqi village. Powell will play Sgt. Falvy, a fitness-obsessed, foul-mouthed American South soldier. [Source: Deadline]

The Keeping Hours
Lee Pace and Carrie Coon (“Gone Girl”) have joined the supernatural love story “The Keeping Hours” for Blumhouse Productions. Karen Moncrieff (“The Trial of Cate McCall”) will helm from a script by Rebecca Sonnenshine.

The story follows two parents whose lives deteriorate after their son dies in a car crash. Ten years later, they attempt to reconcile even after they’ve moved on with their lives, professionally and personally. [Source: EW]

Sela Ward has closed a deal to replace Susan Sarandon in the Epix scripted single-camera comedy “Graves” which has been picked up straight-to-series. Rene Russo and Kim Basinger were also reportedly in contention but ultimately passed.

Nick Nolte plays a former president of the U.S. two decades after his term ends. He begins to think that his policies have damaged the country for decades, so he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to fix things. Ward will take over the part of Margaret Graves who begins to pursue her political aspirations. Production begins Wednesday in New Mexico on the ten-episode series. [Source: THR]

Williams Shatner has been cast in the animated horror feature film “Malevolent” for Coverage Ink Films. Shatner will play the Overseer, the film’s narrator. Morena Baccarin, Bill Moseley and Ray Wise are also onboard for voice roles.

The story follows four siblings who are called upon when their dying estranged father announces that he plans to set out his will. In reality, it’s a ruse to get them together so that he may exact revenge on his offspring. His plans go awry when intergalactic gamblers wage bets on the family’s in-fighting. [Source: Heat Vision]

“Graceland” star Aaron Tveit has joined CBS’s comic thriller sci-fi drama “BrainDead” which comes from “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King. The story centers on brain-eating aliens who attack Washington, D.C.

Tveit will play Gareth, a Republican operative who serves as the legislative director to a top Republican senator. Smart and hard-working, he is ultimately responsible for saving the world. Mary Elizabeth Winstead also stars in the series which premieres next Summer. [Source: The Live Feed]