Casting : Robbins, Black, Butterfield, Janssen, Sadler

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The Brink

Tim Robbins and Jack Black will lead a dark comedy series for HBO about a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. “Robbins is set to play Walter Hollander, U.S. secretary of state who is billed as a man of big appetites and little patience for the war mongers in the Situation Room, while Black will take on the part of Alex Coppins, a lowly foreign service officer reluctantly caught on the ground in the middle of it all. The third role, ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Callahan, has not yet been cast.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

King of the Kastle

Asa Butterfield (“Hugo”) is in talks to join Clive Owen for the indie comedy about a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager (The Wrap)

Kickback

“X-Men” babe Famke Janssen is in talks to join John Cusack in the thriller about a Moscow detective who is investigating the murder of a female war journalist. (Collider)

Living Among Us

It was announced today that William Sadler (“Iron Man 3,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Die Hard 2”), Primetime Emmy nominee John Heard (“Home Alone,” “Big,” “Runner Runner”) James Russo (“Public Enemies,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Django Unchained”), Esmé Bianco (“Game of Thrones”), Andrew Keegan (“10 things I Hate About You,” “O,” “Independence Day”) and Thomas Ian Nicholas (“American Pie” films, “Rules of Attraction”) will star in Brian A. Metcalf’s new horror/drama. Written, directed and produced by Metcalf, “Living Among Us” is a found footage film about a documentary crew sent in to interview a family of vampires whose existence has been made known to the world. But soon, the crew realizes their very lives are in danger as they uncover a deadly secret and must fight for survival.