Morning Bits: Anne Hathaway is a Shrew, Dome and Speed Casting, and Assassin’s Creed Writer

Assassin's Creed Game

Today’s morning bits bring you a buttload of casting notices (yay!), word of Anne Hathaway’s new gig that doesn’t involve her suiting up in tight black latex (boo!), and movement on the Michael Fassbender movie “Assassin’s Creed” (hmmm).

Up first, that Michael Fassbender-fronted “Assassin’s Creed” movie, based on the series of bestselling videogames by developer Ubisoft, has landed itself an English playwright in Michael Lesslie (“Prince of Denmark”) to script the killer’s, er, killer adventures.

I’ve never played the games, but from everything I’ve seen of it, including trailers and pics, it looks like an epic movie is very much possible. Here’s hoping it’s not another “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li”…


Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway, meanwhile, coming off winning awards for “Les Miserables” (with plenty of awards shows still to go), will be slipping on her shrew shoes for another adaptation of that William Shakespeare guy’s “The Taming of the Shrew”.

Abi Morgan, who penned “The Iron Lady” and “Shame”, will be doing the adapting honors this time around.

This version of “Shrew” will be set in mid-20th century Italy, and will likely star Hathaway as Katherina, the “shrew” of the title, a headstrong lass who is “tamed” by Petruchio. It’s a comedy, FYI.


Need for Speed Game

Meanwhile, in other casting news, the folks behind the adaptation of “Need for Speed” starring Aaron Paul has added four new actors to its cast: Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek and Harrison Gilbertson.

The foursome joins Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots on the Scott Waugh-directed car chase/racing/caper film that will adapt the popular car racing videogame franchise of the same name.


Colin Ford

And finally, over at TVland, CBS’ adaptation of Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” has cast its first actor in young Mister Colin Ford (“We Bought a Zoo”).

Ford will play Joe, “a teenager living in Chester’s Mill, a very smart kid who’s understandably freaked out when he discovers that the mysterious barrier covers the whole town — and both his parents are outside of it.”

“Under the Dome” is getting some major muscle for its pilot, with “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s” Niels Arden Oplev set to direct. The 13-episodes first season of “Under the Dome” is scheduled for this Summer.