Casting: Ronan, Riggs, Montgomery, Hamm

Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement”), Alicia Vikander (“Anna Karenina”) and Gabriella Wilde (“The Three Musketeers”) are all set to test for the title role in Mark Romanek’s live-action take on “Cinderella” at Disney.

Cate Blanchett is already in negotiations to play the evil stepmother. Chris Weitz penned the script. [Source: Variety]

Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”) and Joel Courtney (“Super 8”) are set to join Peter Cornwell’s horror thriller “Mercy” at Blumhouse, Wonderland Sound and Vision, and Universal Pictures. The story is an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1984 short story “Gramma.”

The young actors will play brothers who go with their mother (Frances O’Connor) to take care of their grandma. Unbeknownst to them, the grandmother is a witch, who made an evil deal using black magic years earlier. [Source: Heat Vision]

10 Things I Hate About Life
Janet Montgomery (“Jersey Girl,” “Spies of Warsaw”) has signed on to star opposite Evan Rachel Wood in Gil Junger’s indie comedy “10 Things I Hate About Life” at Intandem Films and Mad Chance Prods. Shooting kicks off early December in Los Angeles.

Montgomery will play an unhappily married dog groomer and best friend of Wood’s character, who has terrified her friend with a suicide attempt. [Source: Variety]

Epic Fail
Jon Hamm is considering starring in the Kevin Costello-scripted comedy “Epic Fail” which Mark Teitelman is set to direct.

Hamm will play a prick of a high school teacher who, in an attempt to appear more heroic, hires two students to secretly stage a kidnapping of his wife. [Source: Variety]

All You Need Is Kill
Marianne Jean-Baptiste (“Won’t Back Down,” “Without a Trace”) has joined Doug Liman’s sci-fi thriller “All You Need Is Kill” which is currently shooting in London. Jean-Baptiste will portray scientist Dr. Whittle.

The story centers on a soldier (Tom Cruise) in a war against aliens who relives his last day over and over after being killed. Emily Blunt also stars. [Source: Variety]