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Casting Roundup: Ludwig, Cohen and Plaza Get the Gigs

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

• After hunting Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games," Alexander Ludwig is now setting his sights on Abigail Breslin as he signs on for "Final Girl," according to Variety. The film revolves around a girl who, after being by a group of teenage boys, turns the tables by hunting them. Sheesh, Alex, pick on someone your own size for once!

• Here's a true-life story that occurred strictly so Sacha Baron Cohen could star in a movie about it someday. Deadline reports that "The Dictator" star is attached to "The Lesbian," a dark comedy inspired by the life of Cecil Chao, the Hong Kong billionaire who offered $65 million to any man who succeeded in marrying his lesbian daughter.

• Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan are getting some company for their "anti-romantic comedy," "A Many Splintered Thing." The Playlist reports that Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Topher Grace and Philip Baker Hall have all joined the cast of what's being described as a cross between "Amelie" and "(500) Days of Summer." That could either be a good thing or a very, very bad thing, depending on what mood you're in.

• Demian Bichir and Emilia Clarke are looking to break a few laws. The duo will be joining the cast of "Dom Hemingway," a "black comedy of revenge and regrets" starring Jude Law as an expert safecracker back on the streets of London after 12 years in prison who travels to the south of France with his best friend to claim a reward from his former crime boss. Will Clarke inquire about her dragons?

• We'll be seeing Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper in court! Variety reports that they'll be starring in "Reasonable Doubt," an indie legal thriller about an up-and-coming assistant D.A. prosecuting a fatal hit-and-run case who finds himself hunting the man he got acquitted. Written by Peter Dowling, who wrote "Flightplan," so expect some sort of twist or at least a shadowy conspiracy.

• "Project X" star Miles Teller is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's busiest actors. He recently wrapped "The Spectacular Now" with Shailene Woodley and will soon be starting production on "Two Night Stand" ... after which, according to Variety, he'll segue right into co-starring with Zac Efron in "Are We Officially Dating?"

• Gael Garcia Bernal is heading for the border once more. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the "Babel" star has signed on to join Matthew McConaughey in "The Dallas Buyer's Club," the true-life story of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS who began smuggling alternative drugs into the U.S. to help himself and other AIDS patients. Hilary Swank was originally attached to the project but has since dropped out (maybe she was detained by border guards?).

• Elijah Wood could easily just sit around and count his Frodo money but he chooses instead to stay busy with strange and interesting projects. His latest, "Late Bloomer," reunites him with his "Wilfred" director, Randall Einhorn, and tells the true story of a 30-year-old man whose body undergoes several overwhelming changes over the course of a few weeks due to the fact that he had yet to completely go through puberty.

• But what Agent Coulson really wants to do (now that he's dead) is direct. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that "The Avengers" star Clark Gregg will be writing, directing and starring in "Trust Me," a dark comedy about a former child star turned talent agent who takes a child prodigy (Saxon Sharbino) under his wing. Gregg has scored an ensemble supporting cast that includes Amanda Peet, Paul Sparks, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon and Sam Rockwell.

• At least four Hollywood stars are ready to rock! Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Joe Pantoliano and Seth Green have signed on to star in "The Identical," a musical fable centered around a family and told via the history of rock 'n' roll through the '40s, '50s and '60s.

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