Casting: Winslet, Wu, Carrey, Bennett, McMahon

Kate Winslet is in negotiations for the female lead in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic at Universal Pictures. If she signs on, she’ll join a cast that includes Michael Fassbender as the late Apple co-founder, along with Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg and potentially Jeff Daniels. [Source: Variety]

Hong Kong film star Daniel Wu has scored the lead role in AMC’s upcoming martial arts series “Badlands,” a six-episode straight to series adaptation of the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West”.

Wu plays a ruthless warrior who takes a young boy on a dangerous journey together to find enlightenment. Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger and Oliver Stark also star in the show which is aiming for a late 2015 or early 2016 release. [Source: Variety]

Deep Cover
Jim Carrey is reportedly set to star in a new comedy called “Deep Cover” which Carrey, Michael Aguilar, Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland will produce. Plot details are unknown, but Johnny Rosenthal penned the original pitch. [Source: Deadline]

Manu Bennett (“Arrow”) has scored a series regular role on MTV’s adaptation of Terry Brooks’ book series “Shannara”. The ten-episode first season is based on the second book in the series “The Elfstones of Shannara”.

The story is set in a world set thousands of years after the destruction of civilization as we know it and where a family are able to tap into ancient magic and whose adventures help reshape the world’s future. Bennett will play Allanon, a druid who is the last of his kind in the world of Shannara. [Source: The Live Feed]

Childhood’s End
Julian McMahon has joined the cast of Syfy’s upcoming six-hour miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End” which will premiere next year. McMahon plays American entrepreneur Rupert Boyce and will be filming the project in his homeland of Australia.

The story follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, who begin decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. Daisy Betts, Mike Vogel, Ashley Zukerman, Charles Dance, Osy Ikhile and Yael Stone also star. [Source: Variety]