Tonight’s casting report is led by two actors who have starred in an FX drama:
- Charlie Hunnam is attached to star in Triple Nine, a crime thriller directed by John Hillcoat (Lawless). Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett are in talks to join the cast.
- Rose Byrne is in talks to join Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz in Annie, a new adaptation of the Broadway musical directed by Will Gluck (Easy A).
Hit the jump for details on both projects.
“Triple Nine” is police code for when an officer needs immediate assistance. Matt Cook‘s script centers on a group of thieves who plan to shoot another cop to draw attention away from the heist will pull on the other side of town. According to The Wrap, Hunnam will play the cop victim. Waltz would play Hunnam’s uncle, also in the force, who investigates the heist. Blanchett is up to play “a notorious mobster’s Lady Macbeth-esque wife who’s really pulling the strings behind the heist.” Hillcoat has been developing Triple Nine for years—Shia LaBeouf, Chris Pine, and Jeff Bridges were linked to the project at one point—but with casting underway, production could begin by the end of the year.
Wallis landed the titular role in the Annie remake produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith as producers. Foxx is set to play Benjamin Stacks (the modern Daddy Warbucks), a wealthy New York City mayoral candidate who adopts Annie. Variety reports Byrne will play Benjamin’s assistant Grace. Annie is scheduled for release on December 25, 2014.