Adam Brody‘s certainly come a long way from his days playing geeky misfit Seth Cohen onĀ The O.C. Earlier this week, news broke that Kristen Bell had signed on to play one of his ex-girlfriends in Jennifer Getzinger‘s Some Girls, adapted by Neil LaBute from his own play. Now, Brody’s gained four more female companions in the form of Emily Watson, Jennifer Morrison, Zoe Kazan, and Mia Maestro. More details after the jump.

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Jamie Chung has two big Legendary Pictures films behind her this year, Sucker Punch and The Hangover Part II, and now (probably not as a response) she’s going indie for the film Knife Fight. That’s the one starring Rob Lowe where he plays “a political crisis manager who specializes in playing hardball on behalf of scandal-plagued clients.” Jamie Chung will be his savvy assistant. Quite a few other people are in talks for roles, too: Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Jennifer Morrison, Rebecca Mader and Titus Welliver. Bill Guttentag directs and co-wrote the script with Chris Lehane; the film will shoot next month in San Francisco, and a release is planned for October 2012, timed around the next US Presidential election.

Before Knife Fight makes it to theaters, Jamie Chung will be in Premium Rush, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and was written and directed by David Koepp. [Variety]

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Jennifer Morrison as Dr. Carol Marcus

Last night we posted a huge Star Trek casting news update (if you haven’t read it, check that out first). A spy image outside the set of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek revealed a woman who looked a lot like House star Jennifer Morrison. Many speculated that Morrison is playing Janice Rand in the film, but we’ve been waiting for a confirmation. IESB just got word from Morrison’s management that she has been cast in the film, but Robert Sanchez now believes that Morrison is playing the role of Dr. Carol Marcus, a young civilian biologist and the future mother of Kirk’s son. Apparently that character is featured in the script.

Chris HemsworthDr. Carol Marcus was one of the leading molecular biologists in the Federation. After giving birth to Kirk’s son, the couple split up because she felt that they had no basis for a lasting relationship, with Kirk traveling around the universe while she worked in a lab. Portrayed by Bibi Besch, the character played a major role in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

IESB is also reporting that young Australian actor Chris Hemsworth has been cast as Kirk’s father, George Samuel Kirk Sr. According to the Star Trek novels, George Samuel was a Commander on the Enterprise twenty-five years before Kirk assumed command. George Samuel Kirk, Sr. died under mysterious circumstances in 2248.

Rachel NicholsToday has been a hot day for Star Trek news with the casting of Captain Christopher Pike, Janice Rand, Spock’s Mother, and some behind the scenes photos which have sparked even more rumors.

Earlier today we reported that 51 year-old Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood had been cast as Captain Christopher Pike in the JJ Abrams prequel/reboot. Devin at CHUD nailed it with the headline “Star Trek XI Miscasting Just About Complete”. But let’s get to the other new bits of information.

First up let’s start with a report that came from Wednesday’s Toronto Sun confirmed that Rachel Nichols has been cast.

“I’m very restricted on what I’m allowed to say,” Nichols told the Sun. “But yes, there’s a good chance you’ll see my shining face in the new Star Trek … My mom even e-mailed me about it because she saw it (online) and I hadn’t told her yet. There’s a lot of buzz about it, but honestly, I don’t even know the name of my character.”

But will the former Alias star be playing USS Enterprise yeoman Janice Rand (AICN thinks so) or someone else entirely? See the photo to the right for a comparison.

Jennifer Morrison

IESB received photos from the set (mostly extras outside of a warehouse studio covered up in parkas, nothing all too interesting), and one of the photos shows an actress who looks a lot like House star Jennifer Morrison. Is this Morrison (see IESB’s photo above), and if so, is she the new Janice Rand? We’re waiting on a confirmation.

Winona Ryder

Variety is now reporting that Winona Ryder has been cast as Amanda Grayson, the Vulcan mother of a young Spock (played by Zachary Quinto in the new film). Spock’s mother was played by Jane Wyatt in episode 44 of the original series (titled Journey to Babel). According to Star Trek.com, “Grayson was a schoolteacher from Earth who married the Vulcan diplomat Sarek and gave birth to Spock in 2230. She reunited with her son when she accompanied her husband aboard the Enterprise during the Babel Conference in 2267, and was instrumental in helping Sarek and Spock reconcile some of their differences.”

Take a look at the previously announced cast of Chris Pine as James T Kirk, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura and Eric Bana as the villainous Nero in our First Look: The Cast of Star Trek feature.

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