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Casting Roundup: Redmayne, Barks and Diesel Get the Gigs

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All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

• We wonder if "Les Miserables" star Eddie Redmayne had to sing for his new role. The handsome up-and-comer is officially joining Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis for "Jupiter Ascending," the top-secret sci-fi film from the Wachowski Siblings. [Heat Vision]

Samantha Barks just can't stop singing! Eddie Redmayne's "Les Miserables" co-star is in talks (or, rather, in songs) to go "Walking on Sunshine," a musical set to '80s pop ditties about a mother and daughter who fall in love with the same man while vacationing in Spain. '80s pop star Kylie Minogue has already been cast (we're assuming as the mom, which makes us feel old). [The Wrap]

Vin Diesel is going to be the new "Kojak," which is perfect casting 'cause he's bald and all. Diesel will also co-produce the contemporary re-imagining of the cop show that aired from 1973-1978, with "Skyfall" scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade set to pen the script. [Deadline]

Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are in talks to star in "Animal Rescue," which will forever be known as the awesome movie that brought together the awesome stars of "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Prometheus." Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River," "Shutter Island") is scripting the surprisingly non-Boston-set story about a criminal who gets mixed up in a failed heist and a murder brought on by a prized pitbull (maybe they should call it "Doggone Baby Doggone" instead?).  [Deadline]

• Speaking of dream team-ups, mumblecore maestros Aubrey Plaza and John C. Reilly are joining forces for "Life After Beth," a zombie comedy set to be written and directed by "I Heart Huckabees" co-scribe Jeff Baena. No details on the plot yet, though the combination of "Aubrey Plaza," "John C. Reilly" and "zombie comedy" is enough for us. [The Playlist]

• Up-and-coming Park City darling Mackenzie Davis is headed for romantic comedy territory as she's signed on to join Zac Efron in "Are We Officially Dating?," a movie that really needs to change its title, the more we think about it. Davis was seen at Sundance earlier this year in "Smashed" and will be seen at Sundance again next month in "Breathe In," a drama co-starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones. [Variety]

• Speaking of Zac Efron, he's joining the staff of "Parkland," a historical drama based around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film dismisses the conspiracy theories of Oliver Stone's "JFK" as it focuses on the events taking place at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on Nov. 22, 1963, with Efron's co-stars including Paul Giamatti, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver. [Deadline]

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