Casting Net: Christina Hendricks in talks to join Charlie Day, Ice Cube in Fist Fight

  • Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks is in negotiations to co-star in Fist Fight, the New Line comedy that has Charlie Day and Ice Cube playing two teachers headed for an after-school showdown. Richie Keen is directing from a script by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux. Shooting is scheduled to start next month in Atlanta. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • John Goodman and Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Project X) are packing their bags for a trip to King Kong’s native land. The actors will join Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and John C. Reilly in Kong: Skull Island, Legendary Pictures’ monster movie delving deeper the mythos of the Eighth Wonder of the World. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is directing the film, which recently moved from Universal to Warner Bros. to set up a potential Godzilla crossover. Skull Island is slated to open March 10, 2017. [Deadline, Variety]
  • Rising star Domhnall Gleeson — it’s pronounced like tonal, but with a D — is reteaming with Frank director Lenny Abrahamson for a big-screen adaptation of The Little Stranger. Scripted by Lucinda Coxon, the movie is based on Sarah Waters’ gothic novel about a country doctor in postwar England who befriends a family residing in a crumbling estate. Abrahamson is looking to shoot next summer. [The Daily Mail]
  • Sam Claflin, known to Hunger Games fans as hunky tribute Finnick Odair, is in negotiations to co-star with Rachel Weisz in the mystery-romance My Cousin Rachel. Based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel, which was previously brought to the screen with Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton, the movie will tell the story of an orphan (Claflin) who suspects a beautiful woman (Weisz) of murdering his beloved cousin. Roger Michell is adapting and directing for Fox Searchlight. [Variety]
  • Vince is doing the movie! Entourage star Adrian Grenier is joining Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, and Dave Bautista in the action-thriller Marauders. Steven C. Miller is directing the film, about an FBI agent chasing bank robbers who give their spoils to chairty. Production just started in Cincinnati. [Deadline]