Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley Set for BROOKLYN BRIDGE; LEFTOVERS Star Joins Shane Black’s NICE GUYS; PAPER TOWNS Finds Female Lead

     September 16, 2014

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • The excellent Brie Larson and Sir Ben Kingsley have been set to star opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the real-life drama Brooklyn Bridge.
  • The Leftovers actress Margaret Qualley has landed a role in writer/director Shane Black’s 1970s-set crime drama The Nice Guys.
  • Model/actress Cara Delevingne has been set to play the female lead in Fox 2000’s upcoming adaptation of the John Green novel Paper Towns.

More on the aforementioned casting after the jump.

brie-larson-brooklyn-bridgeGoldcrest Films announced today that Brie Larson and Sir Ben Kingsley have joined the cast of writer/director Douglas McGrath’s (Emma) drama Brooklyn Bridge.  Based on true events, Daniel Radcliffe stars as a brilliant but inexperienced engineer who is left to oversee construction of the Brooklyn Bridge after his father passes away.  Though besieged by “calamity, danger and doubt,” Washington finds he has an ally in his “charming and shrewd” wife Emily.  Larson will star as Emily while Kingsley will play Radcliffe’s late father, and production is scheduled to begin next Spring.

Additionally, Variety reports that Margaret Qualley, who plays Justin Theroux’s daughter on the HBO drama series The Leftovers, is in talks to take on an unspecified role in Iron Man 3 director Shane Black’s next film, The Nice GuysRyan Gosling and Russell Crowe star in the noir-ish tale of a private eye (Gosling) and a hired leg-breaker (Crowe) who are forced to work together in order to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star.  It’s unclear whom Qualley would play, but this marks the first major studio role for the young actress.  Warner Bros. will release The Nice Guys on June 17, 2016.

Finally, Fox 2000 and director Jake Schreier (Robot and Frank) have chosen model Cara Delevingne to play Margo in Paper Towns, as Variety reports that Delevingne is in talks to take on the coveted role.  The film will be the second such adaptation of a John Green novel for Fox 2000 after this year’s The Fault in Our Stars, and Paper Towns tells the story of two young neighbors who initially bond over the experience of finding the body of a man who committed suicide, but eventually grow apart.  One night, the girl shows up outside the boy’s bedroom window dressed as a ninja and enlists him on a campaign to get revenge on those that have hurt her.  Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (Fault in Our Stars) are writing the script, and Nat Wolff is already set to play the young boy.

The 22-year-old Delevingne had a small role in 2012’s Anna Karenina and most recently appeared in The Face of an Angel.  She has another small role in Joe Wright’s Pan, opening next summer, but Paper Towns marks her most high profile role yet.

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