Casting: Thornton, Mann, Foster, Arthur

Our Brand Is Crisis
Billy Bob Thornton (“Fargo”) is in talks to join Sandra Bullock and Scoot McNairy in David Gordon Green’s political dramedy “Our Brand Is Crisis” for Warner Bros. Pictures. George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the film which begins shooting this Fall..

The film is a narrative adaptation of the 2005 doco about the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by President Clinton’s former consultants. Bullock plays a retired American political consultant who often quotes famous people to help hammer home her talking points. [Source: The Wrap]

Vacation
Leslie Mann (“The Other Woman”) is in negotiations to join the cast of the “Vacation” reboot at New Line. The film follows the now grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) who takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he, his parents and his sister took when he was young.

Mann would play his sister Audrey Griswold. In this version, she’s married to an up-and-coming anchorman (Chris Hemsworth). Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo also star in the film which begins shooting next week in Louisiana. [Source: THR]

The Finest Hours
Ben Foster (“30 Days of Night,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”) has joined the cast of Craig Gillespie’s “The Finest Hours” for Disney Pictures. Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Holliday Grainger also star with filming currently under way in Massachusetts.

The true story tale revolves around a rescue attempt by the Coast Guard in 1952 after pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson adapted the script. [Source: Variety]

The 5th Wave
Zackary Arthur (“Trust Me”) has scored the role of the younger brother of Chloe Grace Moretz’s teenage girl lead character in J Blakeson’s young adult novel adaptation “The 5th Wave” for Sony Pictures.

Moretz plays one of only a few humans who has survived five waves of attacks from human-looking aliens. She’s determined to save her younger brother (Arthur), who is being held captive at an alien compound. Nick Robinson and Alex Roe also star. [Source: THR]