Casting : Fassbender, Bell, Franco


Michael Fassbender is playing “Macbeth” for Aussie director Justin Kurzel (“Snowtown”). Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff’s script is set in the 11th century with a “visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes.” A big-name Hollywood actress is currently being courted to play the female lead. (Screen Daily)

Lake Bell (“It’s Complicated”) is joining Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm”, starring opposite Jon Hamm. Production on the baseball film kicks off next month in Mumbai. (The Playlist)

James Franco will star in and direct “The Garden of Last Days”, an adaptation of the Andre Dubus III novel about three strangers whose lives intersect one night at a Florida strip club. The “Pineapple Express” star will play AJ, a lonely drunk who finds himself turfed from the club. (Deadline)