Casting: Ronan, Dempsey, Bernal, Liotta

Grand Budapest Hotel
Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna,” “Atonement”) is set to play the female lead in Wes Anderson’s next movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman also star.

The story is set 85 years ago in a Hungarian hotel, is partly inspired by the witty films of Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch. Shooting kicks off early next year in Germany. [Source: Variety]

Wonderful Tonight
Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Seyfried have scored the lead roles in Christine Jeffs’ rom-com “Wonderful Tonight”

The story involves a one-night stand which leads to a baby and a stand-off between two sudden parents about what they want from each other and themselves. [Source: Deadline]

The Ardor
Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga are set to star in Pablo Fendrik’s revenge thriller “The Ardor” at Bac Films. Shooting begins in the Amazon in March for a Fall film festival run.

Garcia-Bernal plays a lone Amazon shaman who comes across a humble tobacco farmer, and his beautiful daughter. When a band of deforesters attack the tobacco farm, the daughter is kidnapped and forced to watch her father being brutally killed. [Source: Variety]

Old Man
Ray Liotta will star in Christian Swegal’s violent revenge thriller meets film noir “Old Man” which begins shooting in February.

Liotta plays a mob hit man lured back into the underworld to seek revenge when his bosses frame him for a murder that he did not commit. Along the way he reconnects with his estranged son and starts a relationship with a call girl. [Source: Chicago Tribune]