Abigail Spencer Rectify

Now that Nic Pizzolatto‘s True Detective has more or less locked in its Season 2 leads, it’s filling out the supporting cast. The HBO drama has set Michael Irby, Kelly Reilly, Abigail Spencer, and Leven Rambin for heavily recurring roles in the next run of episodes.

As previously reported, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch, and (probably) Rachel McAdams are playing the main characters. Hit the jump for the latest on True Detective Season 2 casting.

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Earlier today, we saw Jonny Weston pushing his girlfried into porn in the About Cherry trailer, but in the first trailer for Chasing Mavericks it’s Weston who’s the wide-eyed ingenue. Weston stars as real-life surfer Jay Moriarity, whose passion for the sport drives him to try and conquer the legendarily dangerous waves at Mavericks in Northern California.

He seeks guidance from local legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler), who’s initially resistant but — as it always goes in these stories — eventually relents he sees something of himself in the kid. Abigail Spencer, Elisabeth Shue, and Leven Rambin also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Today’s Sequel Bits is all about the number 2. As in Beetlejuice 2, Anchorman 2, Grown Ups 2, Dr. Horrible 2, and Percy Jackson 2 (okay, that’s not technically what it’s called, but you know what I mean). After the jump:

  • A small update on Seth Grahame-Smith’s Beetlejuice 2
  • Judd Apatow has a wishlist, Adam McKay has ideas for Anchorman 2
  • A Hunger Games tribute becomes a daughter of war
  • Grown Ups 2 casts another young’un to join Taylor Lautner
  • Joss Whedon teases Dr. Horrible 2 and more death

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‘The Hunger Games’ Trailer

Here’s the first full trailer for the Gary Ross-directed adaptation of The Hunger Games, the first novel in Suzanne Collins‘ darkly futuristic trilogy of novels about teenagers chosen by lottery to fight to the death as representatives of their local district. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are the young leads in the Lionsgate film that could be the studio’s answer to Twilight, but hopefully with a harder edge.

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Joel Schumacher has confirmed in an interview that Halle Berry is in talks to take the lead in the tentatively titled The Hive, about “a female emergency line operator who, in trying to help a young girl, comes up against a killer from her own past.” While nothing is official at this point, the director said, he and Berry are both interested in working together and the producers of The Hive seem to be on board with hiring her.

The thriller is expected to begin shooting in February, though Schumacher has said that he may shoot another, smaller film before that. Berry will next appear in Garry Marshall’s limp-looking ensemble romcom New Year’s Eve, and is currently shooting Cloud Atlas with directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski. [Coming Soon]

After the jump, surfing biopic Mavericks gets a new title and two new stars, and 50 Cent lines up yet another acting gig.

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Michael K. Williams may have missed out on the lead role of Django Unchained, but it seems there may still be room for him to appear in a different capacity. In an interview with Shadow & Act (via The Playlist), the The Wire actor confirmed that he had just barely lost the lead role to Jamie Foxx, but that director Quentin Tarantino (or “QT, as I call him”) liked Williams enough to consider creating a new role just for him. “It’s not official yet but there’s a lot of talk that there may be a role coming back ’round my way,’” he told the site. “His people and my people have been in discussions in regards to a role that he is creating for me.”

The Playlist points out that the only major black role still uncast is that of Bartholemew, but that the hulking, silent bodyguard probably wouldn’t be an ideal fit for Williams. However, it’s possible that the character could be rewritten to better suit Williams, or that Tarantino will add a new character altogether.

After the jump, new gigs for Charlize Theron, Paula Patton, and Leven Rambin.

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District 1 Tributes Cast for ‘The Hunger Games’

It took years of breathlessly reported rumors, auditions and negotiations before Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth were announced as the leads in Gary RossThe Hunger Games. Happily, it looks like the casting process is moving much more quickly for the other roles in the film.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Elizabeth Banks was in negotiations for the role of District 12′s Capitol liaison Effie Trinket, while unknowns Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg would be playing the parts of District 11 tributes Thresh and Rue. Now, Leven Rambin and Jack Quaid have been cast as District 1 tributes Glimmer and Marvel. Read more after the jump.

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