Casting: Sheen, Minghella, Schilling, Lotz

Machete Kills
Charlie Sheen has been cast in Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” where he will play the President of the United States.

The new story sees Machete being called upon by the U.S. government to stop a cartel leader and an arms dealer who have a weapon in space. [Source: Heat Vision]

The Internship
Max Minghella (“The Social Network”) is in early negotiations while Josh Brener (“Glory Daze”), Tiya Sircar (“Friends With Benefits”) and newcomer Tobit Raphael are joining Shawn Levy’s comedy “The Internship” at 20th Century Fox.

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play old school salesmen who try to reinvent themselves by becoming interns at a major tech company. Minghella is in talks to play a ruthlessly competitive intern who plans to sabotage them. [Source: Variety]

Taylor Schilling (“The Lucky One,” “Atlas Shrugged”) will star opposite Aidan Quinn in Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s Canadian-Irish indie drama “Stay” for Samson Films and Submission.

The story centers on a woman (Schilling) who gets pregnant. After she learns the father (Quinn) has no interest in keeping the baby, she returns home to her father in Canada to figure out her next move. [Source: THR]

The Machine
Caity Lotz (“Mad Men”) and Toby Stephens (“Die Another Day”) will play the lead roles in the romantic sci-fi action thriller “The Machine” for Content Film. Shooting kicks off July 23rd in Cardiff, Wales.

The film is set in the near future during a new Cold War and Britain’s Ministry of Defense on the verge of developing a human-looking robotic soldier (Lotz). A bug in the programming causes the prototype to destroy the lab and everyone in its path in spectacularly violent fashion. [Source: THR]