Casting About: Jon Hamm, Nicole Kidman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sofia Vergara & More

Hamm goes to India, Kidman does performance art, JGL raises deadly plants, Vergara as a leather-clad madame...

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Jon Hamm will finally be a leading man in "Million Dollar Arm," from screenwriter Tom McCarthy, based on the true story of agent J.B. Bernstein, who discovered professional pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel by creating a reality TV competition in India. Deadline
Rebecca Hall has taken the role that Jessica Chastain passed on in "Iron Man 3," in which she'll play a scientist who works with Guy Pearce a virus known as Extremis—that's sounds like your villain, doesn’t it? Variety
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Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce will co-star in David Michod's ("Animal Kingdom") next film, "The Rover," about a man who goes trekking across the Australian outback to retrieve his car and the valuables inside. Deadline
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Cameron Diaz has swooped in to land a role in "The Counselor," Ridley Scott's film based on a script by Cormac McCarthy, about a lawyer (to be played by Michael Fassbender) who tries to make a little money on the side dealing drugs and finds himself in way over his head. Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz had both considered the part. Twitch
Javier Bardem will star in the big-screen adaptation of the novel "Alacrán Enamorado" ("Scorpion n Love"), by his brother Carlos, about a neo Nazi in Spain who falls in love with an immigrant. Twitch
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Nicole Kidman is reteaming with "Rabbit Hole" scribe David Lindsay-Abaire for an adaptation of "The Family Fang," about a married performance art duo who have taken ill and force their adult kids to be part of one last show. Deadline
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is developing a remake of "Little Shop of Horrors" as a starring vehicle for himself, with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (the man who saved the Broadway Spider-Man) set to write the script. The Hollywood Reporter
Hayley Atwell looked like she was poised for big things off her great turn in "Captain America." Instead she'll star in the sequel "10 Things I Hate About Life," from Writer/director Gil Junger, who was inspired after coming "across a man who had committed suicide at a scenic overlook." Variety
Nicolas Cage, Juno Temple and Johnny Knoxville will star in "Wild Side," about a small-town beauty queen on the run from a thief trying to get back some diamonds he stole. Deadline
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Abbie Cornish and Brendan Gleeson will star in writer-director Brad Silberling's "An Ordinary Man," about the unusual relationship between a war criminal (allegedly based on Slobodan Milosevic) and his maid.
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John Hawkes will star in "Too Late," as a private eye hired to find a woman he used to be involved with. The Hollywood Reporter
Sofia Vergara (above) and Amber Heard have joined the cast of Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills," the former as a leather-clad madame, the latter as an assassin. Variety
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and director David Ayer ("Training Day") will be going outside their comfort zones with "Ten," a thriller about a team of DEA agents who rob a drug cartel and then start dropping like flies. The Hollywood Reporter
Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are reuniting with "Wet Hot American Summer" director David Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter for the romcom spoof "They Came Together." Variety
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This has been kicking around for some time now, but it appears that Andre 3000 (of Outkast fame) really will be starring in writer-director John Ridley's Jimi Hendrix biopic, "All Is by My Side," about the guitarist's time in London preparing his debut album. IFTN
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Jonah Hill (above) and Kyle Chandler have joined the cast of Martin Scorsese's adaptation of "The Wolf of Wall Street," Jordan Belfort's memoir of his early life as a drug- and sex-obsessed stockbroker. Deadline
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EMPTY_CAPTION"District 9" star Sharlto Copley has joined the cast of Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent," as King Stefan. The film will give us the backstory as to why exactly the evil witch put that curse on Sleeping Beauty. Deadline
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Sacha Baron Cohen is in talks to star as Thomas Edison in Timur Bekmambetov's "The Current War," about the famed inventor's race with George Westinghouse to develop the first stable source of electricity. Variety
EMPTY_CAPTION"Prometheus" star Logan Marshall-Green (aka The Poor Man's Tom Hardy) has been cast as the great playwright Tennessee Williams in "Lonely Hunter," a biopic about Carson McCullers. Deadline
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