Casting: Routh, Ferrell, West, Chandler, Standen

Lost in the Pacific
Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) and Zhang YuQi (“White Deer Plain”) are set to topline the cast of Vincent Zhou’s multinational sci-fi thriller “Lost in the Pacific” at Arclight Films. Filming begins shortly at the Pinewood Malaysia Studios ahead of a 3D release around year’s end.

Set in 2020, the story follows a group of elite passengers on board the inaugural luxury, transoceanic flight of a “futuristic Titanic in the sky”. [Source: Variety]

The House
Will Ferrell will star in and produce “Neighbors” co-writer Andrew J. Cohen’s comedy “The House” for New Line. Adam McKay will also produce.

Ferrell will play a husband who joins with his neighbors to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife blow their daughter’s college fund. [Source: Variety]

Money Monster
Dominic West (“The Wire,” “The Affair”) has signed on to star opposite George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell in the Jodie Foster-directed “Money Monster” at TriStar Pictures.

Clooney plays a stock investment show host whose studio is taken hostage by a disgruntled investor who threatens to kill him over a specific company’s stock price. West plays the CEO of the company that goes under, after the host touts his stock. [Source: Deadline]

Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) will co-star opposite Casey Affleck in Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester-by-the-Sea”. Chandler will appear in the film’s many flashbacks and shooting is slated to begin at the end of March in New England.

Affleck plays a Boston plumber forced to return home to the titular town after he learns his older brother (Chandler) has passed away. There, he finds himself thrust into caring for his brother’s 16-year-old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past. [Source: THR]

Patient Zero
Clive Standen (“Vikings”) has joined the cast of Stefan Ruzowitzky’s thriller “Patient Zero” at Screen Gems. Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci and Matt Smith also star. Standen will play Sargent Knox, a rough-around-the-edges military leader.

The story follows an unprecedented global pandemic of a super-strain of rabies that has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. An inexplicably immune human survivor with the ability to communicate with this new species must spearhead a hunt for Patient Zero in order to find a cure. Filming is now underway. [Source: Variety]