Casting: Snipes, Elba, Willis, Searcy, Noble, Otto

Chi-Raq
Wesley Snipes, Dave Chappelle and Nick Cannon have all reportedly joined the cast of Spike Lee’s upcoming musical comedy “Chi-Raq” for Amazon’s Original Movies.

The story is said to be a modern re-imagining of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata. In the original, women withheld sex from their husbands until they agreed to end a war. Lee will make parallels to the play as he attempt to tackle the very real problem of Chicago gang violence. [Source: Consequence of Sound]

The Alchemist
Laurence Fishburne and Idris Elba are in talks to direct and star, respectively, in the long-gestating film adaptation of Paolo Coelho’s bestselling novel “The Alchemist” at The Weinstein Company. Filming aims to begin next year.

Brazilian author Coelho’s book centers on a young Spaniard who embarks on a quest to find a hidden treasure within the Egyptian pyramids, and has sold over 65 million copies. [Source: Deadline]

The Bombing
Bruce Willis is set to star in Xiao Feng’s $56 million 3D Chinese-language war epic “The Bombing” which began shooting last month and will open in cinemas early next year. Song Seung-heon, Nicholas Tse, William Chen, and Liu Ye also star.

The story deals with Japan’s aerial bombardment of the southwestern city of Chongqing in World War II. Willis, who plays a flying instructor in the movie, has reportedly already filmed key scenes in Xiangshan in China’s Zhejiang province. [Source: THR]

11-22-63
Nick Searcy (“Justified”) has joined the cast of Hulu’s original event series “11/22/63” based on the story by Stephen King. James Franco plays an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 1958.

The teacher goes on a quest to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy five years later. Searcy plays Deke Simmons, the principal of Jodie High School in small-town 1960s Texas and the boss of Franco’s character. [Source: Deadline]

Elementary
“Fringe” star John Noble has booked a series regular role on CBS’ “Elementary”. Noble will play the wealthy and estranged father of Sherlock Holmes’ (Jonny Lee Miller) on the fourth season of the procedural.

The character has been referenced numerous times in previous seasons as being key to Sherlock’s first stint in rehab three years ago and in pairing his son with Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). The character will make his debut in the season four premiere. [Source: THR]

Homeland
Miranda Otto, Sebastian Koch, Sarah Sokolovic and Alexander Fehling have all joined the cast of the fifth season of Showtime’s “Homeland” which begins production this week in Berlin. All four will serve as regulars and join returnees Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, F. Murray Abraham and Mandy Patinkin.

Otto will play a Berlin chief of station working under Patinkin’s Saul Berenson, Koch plays a German philanthropist and the new boss of Danes’ Carrie Mathison, Sokolovic and Fehling play colleagues at a foundation with the latter also Carrie’s boyfriend. [Source: The Live Feed]