Here’s a look at today’s latest casting news:
- Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth will star in the Western revenge pic By Way of Helena for director Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here).
- Olivia Munn is in talks to join Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in the comedy sequel Ride Along 2.
- David Harbour has joined Scott Cooper’s untitled Whitey Bulger film, also known as Black Mass.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
Deadline reports that The Hunger Games co-stars Harrelson and Hemsworth will shoot the action-thriller By Way of Helena this September. Scripted by Matt Cook, the Western centers on David (Hemsworth), an 1880s Texas Ranger who travels to an isolated frontier town to investigate a series of mysterious murders, where he squares off against a local preacher named Abraham (Harrelson) who holds sway over the town. The two will film the picture this fall before hitting the road to promote The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which opens November 21st.
From Variety comes word that Munn is in talks for Ride Along 2. Scheduling is currently being worked out so that Munn can accommodate both the film and the third season of HBO’s Newsroom which is about to begin production. She can next be seen in Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us from Evil, opening July 2nd. Director Tim Story will return for the buddy cop comedy which is rumored to see the leads traveling to Miami for “fun, chaos and shenanigans.” Ride Along 2 opens January 15, 2016.
Finally, Tony-nominated actor Harbour will join the untitled Whitey Bulger film as the corrupt FBI agent John Morris. He stars alongside Joel Edgerton as fellow FBI agent John Connolly, who together allowed Bulger to evade capture and climb the ranks of the criminal underground. Johnny Depp stars as the gangster in question. Though the film doesn’t have an official title just yet, it was recently reported that it will open on September 18, 2015.