Casting: Shum, Johnson, Gleeson, Goodman, Fry

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2
Harry Shum Jr. (“Glee”) has been cast as one of the young leads in Woo-ping Yuen’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel for The Weinstein Company. Filming kicks off this week in New Zealand and China.

Set twenty years after the events of ‘Crouching Tiger,’ the story revolves around four heroes of the martial arts world – Silent Wolf (Donnie Yen), Yu Shu-lien (Michelle Yeoh), Tie-Fang (Shum Jr.) and Snow Vase – who must use their courage and skills to keep the legendary sword Green Destiny from the hands of the villainous Hades Dai. [Source: Heat Vision]

A Biggger Splash
Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) is set to star in “I Am Love” director Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash.” David Kajganich is writing the script and shooting starts next month in Italy.

Based on the 1969 French crime drama “La Piscine,” the story revolves around an uneasy triangle that forms between a couple (Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes) and a younger woman (Johnson) during the couple’s vacation, leading to a sinister end. [Source: Variety]

The Revenant
“Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” actor Domhnall Gleeson is in negotiations to join Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s western “The Revenant” for New Regency. Filming begins this fall.

Based on the Michael Punke novel, the story centers on a 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. Mark L. Smith and Inarritu penned the adaptation. [Source: Variety]

The Preppie Connection
John Goodman is in early talks to join Jay Roach’s Dalton Trumbo movie “Trumbo”. Goodman is expected to accept an offer to play film producer Frank King, whose King Brothers Productions hired Trumbo to write the Oscar-winning “The Brave One” for them despite the fact that he’d been blacklisted.

Bryan Cranston will star as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose career writing classics like “Spartacus” and “Roman Holiday” came to a halt when he was blacklisted in Hollywood after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. He was forced to write under pseudonyms, winning two Oscars while blacklisted before he resumed his career using his own name. [Source: The Wrap]

The Preppie Connection
Lucy Fry (“Vampire Academy”) will play Alexis, the most popular girl in school who becomes the object of a young drug dealer’s affection in Joe Castelo’s “The Preppie Connection”. Filming begins this week in Staten Island.

The story follows a group of private school students who ran a drug ring during the early 1980s, spearheaded by one of the lower-class scholarship candidates at the school. Said kid who uses his street cred and access to drugs to work his way into the popular-kid clique. [Source: Deadline]