Casting: Sturgess, Stewart, Murray, Ventimiglia

Guardians of the Galaxy
It’s reportedly down to either Jim Sturgess (“Cloud Atlas”), Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) and an unnamed third actor to play Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) in James Gunn’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie for Marvel Studios.

Levi plays Fandral in the upcoming “Thor: The Dark World” and did not appear on a short list of five actors named last month as potential casting for the part. The third actor meanwhile is expected to be screen tested after the holidays. [Source: Variety]

Snow White and the Huntsman 2
Kristen Stewart has confirmed she’s returning for the upcoming sequel to this year’s fantasy epic take on the classic Grimm fairy tale.

“I’m so excited about it, it’s crazy. I’m not allowed [to talk about it]. The other day I said that there was a strong possibility that we’re going to make a sequel, and that’s very true, but everyone was like, ‘Whoa, stop talking about it.’ So no, I’m totally not allowed to talk about it.” [Source: ET Online]

Left Behind
Chad Michael Murray (“House of Wax,” “One Tree Hill”) is in negotiations to join the cast of the bigger budgeted reboot of the “Left Behind” franchise.

Murray would play journalist Cameron “Buck” Williams in the end-of-the-world thriller that also stars Nicolas Cage. [Source: Deadline]

How Soon Is Never
Milo Ventimiglia is set to produce and star in the indie film adaptation of Marc Spitz’s autobiographical novel “How Soon Is Never?”

The story deals with a rock journalist who, in trying to get his own life back on track, attempts to reunite the band The Smiths which broke up in 1987. The individual members swore they would never reunite. [Source: Deadline]