Casting Notices: Runner Runner, Paranoia, Foxcatcher, and Sweetwater

Justin TimberlakeBen AffleckThree casting notices for three new movies today.

The first has Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake teaming up for “Runner, Runner”, a dramatic thriller from “Rounders” writers Brian Koppelman and David Levein.

The film, “set in the world of illegal online gambling”, will be directed by Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) for New Regency. The suddenly very producing-prolific Leonardo DiCaprio also has a hand in this one, too.

Timberlake is coming off Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi actioner “In Time”, while the busy Affleck just starred in and directed the movie “Argo”.

Lucas TillMeanwhile, former X-Men Lucas Till is in talks to join fellow young Hollywood buck Liam Hemsworth (the lesser Hemsworth, if you will, fresh off a glorified cameo in “The Hunger Games”) on the corporate espionage thriller “Paranoria”.

Till will play “a friend and co-worker of Hemsworth’s character in the pic, set in the world of dueling telco giants.”

Wow, sounds, uh, yeah.

Here’s a more promising logline: “A boss blackmails one of his young employees to spy on a rival company.”

Okay, kinda better, though not really by much. Someone gets shot and stuff at least blows up, right?

Robert Luketic (who last directed the Ashton Kutcher flop “Killers”) is directing.

Ed Harris in Appaloosa (2008) Movie ImageBack in the Old West, “Mad Men’s” January Jones and Ed Harris have signed on to headline the Western revenge flick “Sweetwater”.

“Set against the backdrop of 1886 New Mexico Territory, a young widow (Jones) risks all to avenge her husband’s murder at the hands of a brutal sheep rancher. Harris plays the town sheriff who helps Jones avenge her husband’s death.”

Logan and Noah Miller will direct the film.

And finally, former “Avengers” Mark Ruffalo (aka The Hulk’s human alter ego, i.e. the boring one), is currently in talks to join Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in the wrestling drama “Foxcatcher”.

Ruffalo will play Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz in the film, which is a bio pic about John du Pont, “the paranoid schizophrenic heir to the du Pont chemical fortune who built a wrestling training facility called Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate. Schultz was a longtime friend of du Pont who had repeatedly tried to help him before du Pont shot and killed him in 1996.”

Yup, not exactly a happy tale, this.

Carell will play du Pont, while Tatum is attached to play Mark Schultz, David’s younger brother, who was also a wrestler himself.

“Moneyball’s” Bennett Miller will direct from a script by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman.

Mark Ruffalo in The Brothers Bloom (2008) Movie Image