In today’s casting news, Emile Hirsch has been cast as John Belushi in Steve Conrad’s untitled biopic about the actor. Producing are Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan, Bonnie Timmermann, Film 360′s Scott Lambert and Judy Belushi Pisano, the actor’s wife at the time of his death in 1982. Filming will start in New York City in the spring. Conrad will direct from his own script, adapted from the book “Belushi,” written by Belushi.
Sigourney Weaver has joined the cast of Neill Blomkamp’s newest sci-fi movie, “Chappie,” just as production gets underway in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just like Blomkamp’s recent film, “Elysium,” Chappie is a partnership between Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital. Synopsis from the partners: “After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.”
Noomi Rapace has signed on to star in “What Happened to Monday?,” an indie sci-fi drama from Tommy Wirkola, the writer-director of “Dead Snow” and “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.” Following a script by Max Botkin, Rapace will play the multiple roles of septuplet sisters who struggle to stay hidden in an overpopulated world were a one-child policy outlaws siblings. The seven must overcome their own differences and avoid government execution.
“Firefly” alum Sean Maher is joining season two of The CW’s comic book drama “Arrow.” Set to appear in the 10th episode, Maher will guest-star as the evil Mark Scheffer, better known as DC Comics supervillain Shrapnel, a serial bomber who places Starling City in the grips of terror and threatens the life of Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro).
In the DC Comics universe, Shrapnel’s backstory isn’t fully known, though it has been established that he was at one point married with two daughters. Made of metal, Shrapnel’s powers are superhuman strength and stamina.