We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly:
- Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the memoir The Priority List: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons with Steve Carell attached to star and produce.
- Community and Mad Men actress (and MeowMeowBeans expert) Alison Brie has been cast alongside Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in the comedy Get Hard.
- Director Joe Wright and Warner Bros. have found their lead for the Peter Pan reimagining Pan in newcomer Levi Miller.
Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.
Per THR, Warner Bros. will produce an adaptation of the David Menasche memoir The Priority List with Steve Carell attached to star. The book chronicles Menasche’s cross-country journey to reconnect with former students from his 15-year teaching career, which was spurred by a grave cancer diagnosis in 2006 that only gave him a few months to live. Menasche extended his life through surgery and years of chemo, but a seizure ended his teaching career in 2012, which is when he embarked on his road trip. Despite his initial diagnosis, Menasche is still alive today.
Additionally, Alison Brie has decided to fill her summer TV hiatus with the Warner Bros. comedy Get Hard. Will Ferrell plays a wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum security prison sentence. Deadline reports that Brie will play the fiancée of Ferrell’s character, and Tropic Thunder scribe Etan Cohen is making his directorial debut on the project. The film opens on March 27, 2015.
Finally, filmmaker Joe Wright (Hanna) has settled on his lead for the Peter Pan redo Pan. The plan all along was to cast a discover in the titular role of the young boy, and indeed Heat Vision reports that newcomer Levi Miller has landed the role after a series of casting calls in the U.K. Garrett Hedlund is onboard to play Hook, Rooney Mara recently signed on to play Tiger Lily, and Hugh Jackman will play the film’s primary villain Blackbeard. Wright envisions a wholly new take on the J.M. Barrie tale, reinventing the world of Neverland and the story of Peter Pan. The film is slated for release on July 17, 2015.