Some casting news to share with you today. Check the bullets:
- Anthony Mackie (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is in talks to join Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in the gambling drama, Runner Runner.
- Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) will topline Diamond Dogs, an English-language thriller by director Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker).
- Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk) will join Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Cecile De France (Hereafter) in the spy-thriller, Mobius.
Hit the jump for more.
First up via Deadline, Mackie may join Runner Runner, a gambling drama that recently added Oliver Cooper (Project X). The film stars Timberlake as a college student at Princeton who resorts to online gambling to dig his way out of school loan debt. Cooper plays a computer nerd who is hired along with Timberlake to work for Ivan Block (Affleck), a billionaire who runs a seedy operation out of Costa Rica. Mackie’s role was not specified in the report. He recently wrapped Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad and will next move to Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain. Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) from a script by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders), Runner Runner is set to start production in June.
Per Variety, Pettyfer will lead Diamond Dogs, an adaptation of the novel by Alan Watt. Pettyfer stars as a popular Nevada high school quarterback who accidentally kills someone and has his father, the sheriff, help cover it up. The search is underway for a “high-profile thesp” to play Pettyfer’s father. Pettyfer can next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike. Director Chaumeil will make his English-language debut before Diamond Dogs with A Long Way North, which stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Emile Hirsch.
Also from Variety comes word that Roth will star alongside Dujardin and De France in Mobius, from director Eric Rochant (Love Without Pity). Set in the world of high finance, Mobius centers on an FSB officer who falls in love with his agent, an American woman working as a trader in a Russian bank. Roth is set to play a Russian businessman who is suspected of using his bank to launder money. Mobius will shoot in Belgium, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Russia and Monaco with an expected delivery of early next year.