Casting: Romeo, Cherry, Miss, Boom

Romeo and Juliet
“Let Me In” and “The Road” actor Kodi Smit-McPhee is in early discussions to play Romeo’s cousin Benvolio in the latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.

Benvolio is Romeo’s cousin who futilely tries to keep the peace between Tybalt (Ed Westwick) and Mercutio. Hailee Steinfeld and Holly Hunter have already been cast as Juliet and her nurse respectively.

Carlo Carlei will direct from a screenplay by Julian Fellowes. Shooting begins this Summer in Italy. [Source: Variety]

Cherry 2000
Dakota Johnson (“The Social Network”) has apparently been one of the actors in talks for the lead role in “Cherry 2000”, a remake of the 1987 film which Ed Pressman is producing.

Johnson’s mother Melanie Griffith starred in the original which is set in a near future where love no longer exists and sex only takes place with robotic mannequins. [Source: Showbiz 411]

Hit and Miss
Chloe Sevigny has signed on to topline provocative new British TV drama “Hit and Miss” from “Shameless” and “State of Play” creator Paul Abbott.

Sean Conway (“Brilliant Love”) wrote the script while Hettie Macdoland (“Beautiful Thing”) directs the six-episode series which centres on Mia (Sevigny), a contract killer with a big secret – she is a transgender hit man who suddenly finds out that in the previous life has fathered several children.

Sevigny is currently training for the role with filming scheduled for this summer. Abbott is executive producing with Nicola Shindler. [Source: Deadline]

Here Comes the Boom
Filipina singing sensation Charice (“Glee”) will play the character of Malia Dela Cruz, a musical brainiac student, in the upcoming Frank Coraci’s comedy film “Here Comes The Boom”.

The story of follows a high school teacher whose school is facing drastic budget cuts. He decides to moonlight as a mixed martial arts fighter to win prize money. Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler also star. [Source: Zezbiz]