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Casting Bits: Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace for Animal Rescue, Eddie Redmayne on Jupiter Ascending, and Ricky Gervais to Muppets sequel

Dec. 17, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Here are your casting bits for the day!

To begin we have Tom Hardy in final talks to board ANIMAL RESCUE. An offer for the female lead has gone out to Noomi Rapace. The film is from a collection of short stories in Dennis Lehane's collection, Boston Noir. Lehane will also handle script duties on the project which will center on, "a man who wants to shed his criminal path but somehow gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull." BULLHEAD's Michael R. Roskam will direct.

Next, Eddie Redmayne has jumped aboard The Wachowskis next, JUPITER ASCENDING. Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum are already set to star. The flick which will be directed and written by the siblings will be set in, "a time where humans are at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder and follows a woman who has been targeted for assassination by the queen of the universe."

Last but not least, THR is reporting that Ricky Gervais is in talks to star, yes star, in the sequel to THE MUPPETS. As of now there are no details on the plot which is being kept under tight wraps. All that can be said for the role is that it will be akin to that of Jason Segel's in the first. There was also no mention on whether singing would be a requirement, although it was in the first. Gervais shot a cameo for the last film, but it was not used.

Source: DeadlineVariety

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