Casting: Tom, Street, Dark, Struck, Savages

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) has signed on to play Huckleberry Finn in this new film adaptation of Mark Twain’s two most famous literary creations “Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn”

Joel Courtney (“Super 8”) has already been cast as Sawyer in the film which begins shooting this Summer in Bulgaria. [Source: Showblitz]

Street Soldier
Peter Facinelli (“Twilight”) is developing “Street Soldier”, a film based on Edward Mackenzie Jr., Phyllis Karas and Ross Muscato’s book about Boston mobster Whitey Bulger for Brookstreet Pictures.

Bulger is a former mob kingpin accused of 19 murders from the 1970s and 1980s and a raft of other crimes, was arrested last week in California after being on the run for 16 years. [Source: The Huffington Post]

Dark Shadows
Rocker Alice Cooper may have a cameo in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” starring Johnny Depp.

Cooper is in London and performed at the 100 Club on Monday where Depp made a surprise appearance and performed with him. [Source:]

Struck By Lightning
Allison Janney (“The West Wing,” “Lost”) is set to play the mother of “Glee” star Chris Colfer’s character in the indie coming-of-age comedy “Struck by Lightning,”

Brian Dannelly (“Saved”) directs from a script by Colfer in which the actor plays a kid who dies from a lightning strike right at the beginning. Flashbacks reveal he blackmailed his classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he’s publishing.

David Permut, Rob Aguire and Mia Chang are producing. Shooting begins July 11th in Los Angeles. [Source: Variety]

Mia Maestro (“Alias,” “Poseidon”) has joined the cast of Oliver Stone’s “Savages.”

Maestro will play the wife of Benicio Del Toro’s enforcer character. She’s describes as “a tough and bitter woman whose soccer mom lifestyle hides a gang-life past.” [Source: Reuters]