Casting: Watts, Ryan, Sheehan, Tveit, Donovan

Naomi Watts is in negotiations to join Jake Gyllenhaal in “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee’s upcoming dramatic comedy “Demolition” based on a 2007 Black List script by Bryan Sipe.

Gyllenhaal plays a young investment banker struggling to cope after the tragic death of his wife. During his attempt to put his life back together, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops an unusual relationship with a pot smoking single mother (Naomi Watts). [Source: The Wrap]

Untitled Spielberg Cold War Thriller
Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”), Alan Alda (“MASH”), Billy Magnussen (“Boardwalk Empire”) and Eve Hewson (“The Knick”) will star opposite Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War spy thriller at Fox and Dreamworks. Filming begins in September in Berlin and New York.

Hanks will portray an American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U2 spy plane pilot who had been shot down over Russia two years earlier. Ryan will play the attorney’s wife. [Source: Variety]

The Messenger
Robert Sheehan (“Misfits,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”), Jack Fox (“Dracula”), Lily Cole (“Snow White and the Huntsman”), David O’Hara (“The Departed”) and Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) have all joined David Blair’s supernatural drama “The Messenger” for Gateway Films and Ratio Films.

The story follows a young man driven to the edge by visions of the dead. He becomes unwillingly embroiled in the unfinished business of a journalist brutally murdered in the local park and his television presenter wife to whom he’s desperate to say one last goodbye. Filming begins in the UK this week. [Source: Screen]

Stereotypically You
Aaron Tveit (“Graceland,” “Les Miserables”) has scored the lead role in Benjamin Cox’s rom-com “Stereotypically You”. Tveit plays Charlie, who goes on a hallucination-fueled post-breakup quest in New York City to find both new love and himself.

Kal Penn, Shane McRae, Lauren Miller, Abby Elliot, Chris Elliot, Annaleigh Ashford, Lewis Black and Kelen Coleman co-star. [Source: Deadline]

Former “Burn Notice” star Jeffrey Donovan has joined the cast of Denis Villeneuve’s action flick “Sicario” at Lionsgate. Benecio Del Toro and Emily Blunt also star and filming is currently underway in New Mexico.

Donovan will play Steve Forsing, a no-nonsense DEA Agent who engages in an all-out firefight at the Juarez border while transferring a prisoner. [Source: Deadline]