Casting News: Linney, Foy, Gillan, Mirchoff

Laura Linney is returning to television with the actress tapped to star opposite Jason Bateman in the Netflix drama series “Ozark”. Bill Dubuque (“The Judge”) is onboard as writer-executive producer alongside Bateman who will also direct and “Hell on Wheels” producer Chris Mundy who will serve as showrunner.

Set in the world of drug-money laundering, the pair play a financial planner couple who must suddenly relocate from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. The series will premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2017. [Source: The Live Feed]

Disney’s The Nutcracker
Mackenzie Foy (“Interstellar,” “The Twilgiht Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2”) has scored the role of Clara in its latest retelling of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” at Walt Disney Pictures. Foy joins Misty Copeland who was recently announced as the lead ballerina in the film’s sole dance number.

Based on the 1816 story by E.T.A. Hoffmann which subsequently became the 1892 Tchaikovsky ballet, Foy’s character is charged by her parents with taking care of a Christmas toy Nutcracker doll which comes to life and defeats an evil Mouse King with seven heads. Lasse Hallstrom helms from Ashleigh Powell’s script. [Source: Variety]

All Creatures Here Below
“Doctor Who” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Karen Gillan has been set as the female lead in Collin Schiffli’s indie drama “All Creatures Here Below”. David Dastmalchian penned and co-stars in the film about a desperate young couple on the run who seek refuge in Kansas City. Amy Greene, Ignacio Arenas and Chris Stinson are producing. [Source: Deadline]

“Awkward “actor Beau Mirchoff will play a medical student named Brad in Niels Arden Oplev’s remake of “Flatliners” at Sony Pictures. Ben Ripley (“Source Code”) is penning the script while Michael Douglas, David Blackman and Laurence Mark are set to produce.

Ellen Page, Diego Luna, James Norton, Nina Dobrev and Kiersey Clemons lead the cast of this story of a group of medical students who conduct near-death experiments to explore what “lies beyond,” to disastrous consequences. Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland starred in the original 1990 film and will make appearances in the new one. [Source: Deadline]