Casting: Whishaw, Chastain, Winstead, Lithgow

In the Heart of the Sea
Further details have emerged indicating that “Skyfall” actor Ben Whishaw is set to play Moby Dick author Herman Melville in Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea”.

The film focuses on the real life incident which inspired Melville’s book. [Source: The Wrap]

A Most Violent Year
Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to co-star with Javier Bardem in J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year”.

Chandor also penned the script about a successful early 1980s businessman who is obsessed with maintaining his oil empire. Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb are producing. [Source: Variety]

Kill the Messenger
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has joined the cast of Michael Cuesta’s fact-based drama “Kill the Messenger”. Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Barry Pepper star.

The story follows the trials of journalist Gary Webb (Renner), who had committed suicide after a smear campaign by the CIA ruined his professional career. Winstead has been tapped for the part of San Jose Mercury News editor Dawn Garcia. [Source: ]

John Lithgow is the latest name to have signed on to star in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic “Interstellar”. As usual, no character details were given.

Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Casey Affleck, and Mackenzie Foy are confirmed to star. [Source: Broadway World]