Casting: Powell, Irons, Cole, Weaver, Forester

Ride Along 2
Glen Powell (“The Expendables 3,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) has joined the cast of Tim Story’s “Ride Along” sequel at Universal Pictures. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reprise their roles in the follow-up, while details of Powell’s role are under wraps. [Source: Deadline]

Jason Sudeikis (“We’re the Millers”) and Jeremy Irons (“The Borgias”) have joined the cast of Stephen Hopkins’ Jesse Owens biopic “Race” which Focus Features has just acquired. Filming begins July 24th in Montreal and Berlin.

Stephan James is portraying the black racing legend in the story about his famed run at the 1936 Olympics. Sudeikis will play Larry Snyder, Owens’ obsessive coach, while Irons will play American Olympic committee head Avery Brundage. [Source: THR]

Married Young
David Fynn, Vanessa Lengies, Gary Cole, Nancy Travis, Lucas Neff, Ever Carradine, Max Beesley and John Pankow will star in Daniel Kaufman’s indie film “Married Young” which is currently shooting.

The story follows a devoted husband and father struggling to keep his marriage and family intact due to the challenges of such things as a two-year-old, a pregnant wife and an animated alter ego. [Source: THR]

Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”) is in negotiations to join Drake Doremus’ futuristic love story “Equals” which begins filming next month in Japan and Singapore. Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Kate Lyn Sheil and Aurora Perrineau also star.

Set in a future society where emotions have been eradicated, Hoult plans a young man who becomes an outcast when a syndrome gives him emotions again. Weaver would play Bess, a powerful woman trained as a doctor who meets Hoult’s character in a support group and ultimately helps him. [Source: Deadline]

Robert Forester (“The Descendants,” “Jackie Brown”) has been cast in Fox’s new drama series “Backstrom”. Based on the Swedish book series by Leif G. W. Persson, Rainn Wilson plays Everett Backstrom, an overweight, offensive, irascible detective who’s engaged in a constant struggle with his self-destructive tendencies.

Forster will appear in two episodes this season as his dad and local law enforcement legend Sheriff Blue Backstrom. Unfortunately Everett doesn’t see him in that light, rather as the man who abused him in his youth. [Source: Deadline]