We have two quick pieces of casting news for you this afternoon. First up, Deadline reports that Lights Out star Holt McCallany will be playing the bodyguard and main enforcer of mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in Gangster Squad. The film, directed by Ruben Fleischer ( is based on a series of articles in the LA Times by Will Beale about the 1940s special task force of Los Angeles cops who fought gangland activity. The impressive cast also features Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena, and Giovanni Ribisi. McCallany also recently signed on to co-star in Walter Hill’s upcoming action flick starring Sylvester Stallone.
Hit the jump for casting news for Scott Derrickson’s low-budget horror flick.
THR reports that Ethan Hawke has signed on to star in the upcoming micro-budget horror flick from Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). Details on the project are being kept under wraps although we previously reported that the story had a crime at the center.
Hawke is also set to star opposite Kristen Scott Thomas in the indie A Late Quartet and he’s got a cameo in Len Wiseman’s upcoming remake of Total Recall. He’s also starring in the Fox series Exit Strategy but that show is currently undergoing retooling.