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Today’s Sequel Bits has a bit of everything: Tons of casting news, some cute set photos, and a bunch of red-hot posters. After the jump:

  • Lifetime’s The Omen sequel Damien moves to A&E
  • An Absolutely Fabulous movie will shoot this year
  • Heroes Reborn picks up The 100 and True Blood alums
  • Jeff Daniels boards the train for the Divergent sequels
  • Common and Deon Cole line up for Barbershop 3
  • Starship Troopers could be headed to the small screen
  • See the photos from the set of Inferno in Venice
  • Ogle a series of Magic Mike XXL character posters
  • Justin Bieber will make a cameo in Zoolander 2

Lifetime’s The Omen series sequel Damien is moving to A&E, and it’s picked up four more episodes along the way. That brings the total number of installments to ten, after Lifetime gave the show a six-episode straight-to-series order last year. Parent company A+E Networks reportedly felt A&E, which already airs the Psycho prequel Bates Motel, was a better fit for the show.

Damien follows the title character (Bradley James), now all grown up and still haunted by his past. The show is expected to air next year with Glen Mazzara serving as showrunner. Barbara Hershey, Omid Abtahi, and Megalyn Echikunwoke also star. [Variety]


The long-developing Absolutely Fabulous movie is almost ready to go. Creator and star Jennifer Saunders has revealed that the sequel will shoot later this year. The BBC sitcom originally aired from 1992 to 1995, wrapped up with a two-part finale in 1996, came back from 2001 to 2004, and then aired three specials between 2011 an 2012.

Saunders is still waiting on a budget but expects to shoot this fall. As for the story, she says, “It involves all the main characters and virtually everyone that’s ever been in the series, all those characters and we’re in London and sometimes we might go to the South of France, I’m hoping.” [TheWrap]


The cast of Heroes Reborn continues to grow. Toru UchikadoEve Harlow (The 100), Pruitt Taylor Vince (True Blood), and Francesca Eastwood (Jersey Boys, and also: yes, as in that Eastwood) have all been set for recurring roles. Character info is being kept under wraps for now. The 13-episode limited series will air on NBC this fall. [IGN, Deadline, TheWrap]


Jeff Daniels will tap into his dark side for The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Parts 1 and 2. He’s in final negotiations to play David, leader of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, which created the fractured society seen in the last two movies. Let’s hope he has more to do than Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts did in the last one.

Allegiant – Part 1 shoots this May with Robert Schwentke directing, and is scheduled to open May 18, 2016. Allegiant – Part 2 arrives May 24, 2017 and hasn’t yet announced a director. [THR]


Click through to the next page to see Magic Mike XXL posters, Inferno pics, Zoolander casting announcements, and more.

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