Casting: Riley, Jackson, Judd, Saylor

In The Heart Of The Sea
Charlotte Riley (“Easy Virtue”) has joined the cast of Ron Howard’s true story period drama “In The Heart Of The Sea” at Warner Bros. Pictures. Charles Leavitt penned the script.

Riley plays Peggy, the pregnant wife of Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), first mate on the whaling ship Essex. When the ship is attacked by a sperm whale, a group of survivors stay afloat for three months enduring disease, starvation and eventual cannibalism. [Source: Deadline]

The Song
Cheyenne Jackson (“United 93”) has scored the lead role in Andy Lauer’s indie drama “The Song”. David Kauffman penned the script, and Jackson is set to sing original songs in the film.

Jackson plays Ben Cantor, a man who bets it all to enter a songwriting contest reality show against the better judgment of his wife, boss, and banker. [Source: Deadline]

Big Stone Gap
Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg are set to star in “Big Stone Gap” for Altar Identity Studios. The film is based on Adriana Trigiani’s bestselling novels about a small town romance.

Trigiani wrote the screenplay and makes her feature directorial debut on the film which begins shooting this weekend. [Source: Screen Daily]

Morgan Saylor (“homeland”) has scored the role of Kevin Costner’s teenage daughter Julie in Niki Caro’s sports drama “McFarland” at Disney Pictures. Maria Bello also stars.

The true story tale follows an ex-football coach who moves his family to rural California and builds a cross-country running team out of the local school’s dirt-poor and predominantly Mexican-American student body. [Source: Deadline]