Casting: Redmayne, Patton, Holmes, Mann, Pryce

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
He was rumored, then in talks and now it’s official – Eddie Redmayne has signed on to star in the lead role of Newt Scamander in the upcoming “Harry Potter” film series prequel/spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Scamander is the foremost magi zoologist of the wizarding world who scours the globe for magical creatures to catalog in what will become the Hogwarts textbook of the title. David Yates helms the project which is scheduled for a November 2016 release. [Source: THR]

The Do Over
Paula Patton (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) is closing a deal to join Adam Sandler and David Spade in the Steve Brill directed comedy “The Do Over”, the second film in Happy Madison’s deal with Netflix. Filming begins in July in Georgia.

Chris Pappas and Kevin Barnett penned the comedy about two down-on-their-luck guys who decide to fake their own deaths and start over with new identities, only to find the people they’re pretending to be are in even deeper trouble. [Source: The Daily Mail]

American Honey
Arielle Holmes (“Heaven Knows What”) is set to join Shia LaBeouf in the cast of Andrea Arnold’s coming-of-age “American Honey” at Film4. Filming has just got underway in Oklahoma.

The story revolves around a runaway teenager selling magazine subscriptions and becomes caught up in partying, law-breaking and love. Holmes will not play the lead though. [Source: Deadline]

Bad Moms
Married couple Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow have both dropped out of the R-rated comedy “Bad Moms”. Mann was set to star and Apatow to produce, but the pair have had to depart due to scheduling commitments. “The Hangover” scribes Jon Lucas & Scott Moore will direct the project.

Mann was to play an overworked and exhausted mother who joins forces with two other ‘bad moms’ to challenge the helicopter parents that rule over their kids’ school. The project is still intending to move forward though with shooting to begin this Summer. [Source: Deadline]

The White King
Jonathan Pryce and Fiona Shaw have joined the dystopian drama “The White King” which begins filming in Budapest this Summer. Agyness Deyn, Ross Partridge and Lorenzo Allchurch also star.

Based on Gyorgy Dragoman’s novel, the story follows a precocious twelve-year-old coming to grips with his father’s abduction and internment at the hands of the totalitarian state he calls home. Deyn will play the boy’s mother who must navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and gangs in order to reunite her family. [Source: Screen]