Casting : Schwartzman, Giamatti, Wilson, Vaughn, Kittles

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“Saving Mr. Banks”

Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti and Ruth Wilson are doing Disney’s film chronicling Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) 14-year courtship of the Australian author P.L Travers for the film rights to the “Mary Poppins” character, played by Julie Andrews in the 1964 classic. After opposing the film’s animated sequences, Travers refused to sell Disney the rights to her other books. Giamatti plays Banks’ chauffeur, Wilson is Traver’s mother (shown in flashbacks), and Schwartzman is songwriter Richard Morton Sherman. (Variety)

“The Risk Agent”

Vince Vaughn (“The Dilemma”) is starring in and producing a feature film version of Ridley Pearson’s novel. “It’s a departure for the actor, a thriller that is set in China. When a Chinese National working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight and his one-man security detail goes missing as well, the call goes out to Rutherford Risk. That firm specializes in hostage extraction, from negotiation to recovery. Since private investigation is illegal in China, the company recruits two experts. One, Grace Chu, is a female forensic accountant who follows the money; the other, John Knox, is well trained in both combat and culture. They overcome their differing styles to try and get the hostages back before it’s too late.” (Deadline)

“Olympus Has Fallen”

Troy Kittles will play a member of the President’s security detail in the Gerard Butler-starring ‘Die Hard in the White House’ thriller (THR)