Here’s the day’s latest casting news:
- Peter Dinklage is in final negotiations to join Chris Columbus’ Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad.
- The Hunger Games’ Dayo Okeniyi has landed the role of Miles Dyson’s son in Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis starring Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke.
- Tom Wilkinson is being eyed to play President Lyndon B. Johnson in Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. movie, Selma.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
First up from The Wrap is news that Dinklage is in final negotiations to star in Pixels as the final male lead. The picture is a feature-length adaptation of Patrick Jean’s short film which depicted popular 1980s video game characters attacking New York City. In the movie, the heroes are a group of video game experts recruited by the government to combat the threat. Tim Herlihy wrote the first draft of the script, which was then rewritten by Tim Dowling. Sandler and Herlihy are currently polishing a final draft.
Variety reports that Okeniyi will join Terminator: Genesis as Dyson’s son, Danny. Joe Morton starred as the elder Dyson in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a character employed by Cyberdyne Systems who developed the initial neural-net processor that eventually evolved into Skynet. (DeVaughn Nixon played a young Danny in that film.) It’s unknown exactly how the young Dyson will factor into the plot at this point. As our own Adam Chitwood pointed out, John Boyega was previously being eyed for this role, but now that Okeniyi is reported as having the role, perhaps Boyega made progress on the Star Wars: Episode VII casting front.
Finally, The Wrap reports that Wilkinson is in early talks to play LBJ in Selma. The drama centers on MLK’s landmark 1965 voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement. Johnson gave an eloquent speech addressing the Voting Rights Act one week after deadly racial violence erupted in Selma, Alabama in March of 1965.