Casting: Saldana, Mikkelsen, Killam, Reed

Machete Kills
Zoe Saldana has joined the cast of Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills”. Her role is unspecified. Shooting kicks off shortly in Austin, Texas. [Source: Moviehole]

Thor 2
“Casino Royale” and “Clash of the Titans” actor Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to play a villain in Alan Taylor’s “Thor” sequel at Disney and Marvel.

Tom Hiddleston is expected to still have a big part in the story as Loki. Shooting kicks off later this summer. [Source: Variety]

Twelve Years A Slave
Taran Killam (“Saturday Night Live”) has joined the cast of “Twelve Years a Slave”, Steve McQueen’s period drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Paul Dano.

Shooting kicks off this summer in New Orleans for New Regency. Killam will play a traveling showman who abducts Ejiofor’s character and brings him South. [Source: Deadline]

Empire State
Nikki Reed, Michael Angarano, Jerry Ferrera, Paul Ben-Victor and Chris Diamantopoulos have joined Dito Monitel’s new drama “Empire State”.

Dwayne Johnson, Emma Roberts and Liam Hemsworth are already set for the ’80s heist drama in which two friends plan to rob an armoured car company. [Source: Deadline]