Casting News: Urban, Driver, Merkerson

Karl Urban has scored the lead role of John Kennex in the J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman produced Fox sci-fi series “Human”.

Urban plays a human police officer who is paired with android partner (Michael Ealy). Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby, Minka Kelly and Lili Taylor also star. [Source: Deadline]

This Is Where I Leave You
Adam Driver (“Girls”) is in negotiations to join the cast of the Shawn Levy-directed “This Is Where I Leave You” at Warner Bros. Pictures. Driver will play the rebel of the family.

An adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel, the story centers on a man (Jason Bateman) whose father dies and tasks his dysfunctional family of four grown siblings with one last request: to spend seven days after the funeral together under the same roof for first time in a decade. [Source: THR]

Sexual Healing
S. Epatha Merkerson (“Law & Order”) is in negotiations to play Marvin Gaye’s mother Alberta in the Julien Temple-directed music biopic. Brendan Gleeson co-stars as British music promoter Freddy Cousaert.

Jesse L Martin stars in the film which focuses on the time Gaye spent in Europe in the early 1980s, when the soul singer attempted to get his addictions under control and career back on track. [Source: Deadline]