Casting: Zurer, Greer, Robertson, Macy

Ayelet Zurer (“Man of Steel,” “Angels and Demons”) is in negotiations to join Timur Bekmambetov’s “Ben-Hur” remake at Paramount and MGM. Zurer would play Naomi, the mother of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston).

Huston plays the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala (Toby Kebbell). He fights his way to freedom and vengeance. [Source: Heat Vision]

Judy Greer, Fred Armisen, Selma Blair, Dallas Roberts, and Chris Messina will join Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in Lee Kirk’s music drama “Geezer” which has begun shooting in New York City. The film will include new songs written and performed by Armstrong.

The story centers on the mid-life crisis of a husband and father who, on his fortieth birthday, decides to revisit his punk-rock past by throwing an extravagant party in the Drake Hotel’s presidential suite. He soon encounters his beautiful ex-girlfriend and former bandmates who have moved on to bigger and better things. [Source: Variety]

Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland,” “The Longest Ride”) has scored a lead role in the Eddie Murphy-led, Bruce Beresford-directed comedy “Cook”. Filming begins in Los Angeles this month.

Murphy plays Henry Church, an chef who agrees to care for a dying man’s girlfriend and her daughter Charlotte (Robertson) for six months, only to end up ingrained in their lives for the next fifteen years. [Source: Deadline]

The Room
William H. Macy, Joan Allen and Jacob Tremblay will join Brie Larson in the film adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s 2010 family drama novel “Room”. Sean Bridgers, Tom McCamus and Megan Park also star.

The story follows the viewpoint of a five-year-old boy (Tremblay) being held captive with his mother (Larson) in a small room. Lenny Abrahamson helms the project which is currently shooting in Toronto. [Source: Variety]