Weekly Casting News Round-Up: TRANSFORMERS 4, INTERSTELLAR, CINDERELLA, HERCULES

In this week’s casting news round-up: The next Transformers movie has a (human) villain, Christopher Nolan’s next adds two very impressive cast members, Disney has found its new Cinderella, and Brett Ratner’s Hercules has a female lead.

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*With filming set to begin in July, casting is continuing for Transformers 4. Kelsey Grammar, who’s best known to mainstream audiences as Beast in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, has been cast as the lead human villain in the Michael Bay-directed fourquel. He will play Harold Attinger, described as “a counter intelligence guy.” Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Stanley Tucci also star in Transformers 4, which hits theaters June 27th, 2014. [Deadline]

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*This week also saw new additions to Paramount’s co-production with Warner Bros., Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar. Jessica Chastain, who was recently nominated for an Oscar for Zero Dark Thirty, is in talks for the third lead role in the movie (the other two are filled by Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway). In far less surprising news, it was also reported that Michael Caine will join Interstellar, marking his sixth film with Nolan (the two previously collaborated on The PrestigeInception and The Dark Knight Trilogy). As expected, any details on their roles are under wraps. With filming expected to begin later this year, Interstellar is set to hit theaters November 7th, 2014. [Deadline]

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*Disney announced this week that, after a long search, Downton Abbey‘s Lily James has landed the title role in  the upcoming live action adaptation of Cinderella, which will be helmed by Thor director Lily James. Cate Blanchett is on board as the wicked stepmother. Emma Watson was initially in talks for the role, with a slew of other young actresses (such as The Host‘s Saoirse Ronan) in contention. Filming may begin this fall. [Walt Disney Pictures]

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*Finally, we have another addition to the cast of Brett Ratner’s graphic novel adaptation Hercules, which sees Dwayne Johnson taking on the role of the iconic mythological character. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Chernobyl Diaries) has been cast as the lead female character in the film, playing a warrior who fights alongside Hercules. Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes also star in the movie, which will begin filming next month. Hercules is set to hit theaters July 25th, 2014. [Variety]

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