Gerard Butler Drops out of POINT BREAK; Channing Tatum to Produce and Star in Sony Crime Thriller; Emma Stone Joins Woody Allen’s Next Untitled Picture

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Here’s a bit of casting (and anti-casting) news today:

  • Gerard Butler has exited Ericson Core’s Point Break remake scripted by Kurt Wimmer.  Luke Bracey still stars.
  • Channing Tatum will star in and produce an untitled crime thriller for Sony.  Kristin Gore will pen the script.
  • Emma Stone has joined Woody Allen’s latest untitled film, which also stars Joaquin Phoenix.
  • Michelle Forbes is the latest addition to Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

magic-in-the-moonlight-emma-stone-marcia-gay-hardenFirst up from Heat Vision is the news that Butler has dropped out of Point Break.  He was previously set to play Bodhi, the surfer/thief originally played by Patrick Swayze, but creative differences and scheduling contracts have forced him to leave the picture.  Bracey plays FBI agent Johnny Utah, made famous by Keanu Reeves.  Alcon Entertainment is sticking with their late-June start date for production, and looks to recast the part within the next few weeks.

THR has word on Tatum’s new project at Sony, that of a crime thriller set in the late 1970s, and is inspired by an ordinary family man who risks everything by going undercover to take down the country’s biggest mob boss.  Tatum will star, and will also produce alongside his partner Reid Carolin as well as Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

As Variety reports, Stone is the latest addition to Allen’s next picture.  The pair previously worked together on this summer’s upcoming dramedy, Magic in the Moonlight, which is due to hit screens on July 25th.  The new film is expected to fill up its cast in the coming weeks as a late July shoot is being eyed.

Finally, from The Hunger Games Twitter account comes word on Forbes’ addition to the franchise finale:

It’s official! Please welcome Michelle Forbes as ‘Lt. Jackson’ to the cast of @TheHungerGames: Mockingjay Part 2. pic.twitter.com/gz1rv8K5j1

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