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Casting: Garrett Hedlund & Michael Pena Declare ‘War On Everyone,’ Matthew Goode Heads To ‘Downton Abbey’ & More

Casting: Garrett Hedlund & Michael Pena Declare 'War On Everyone,' Matthew Goode Heads To 'Downton Abbey' & More

No one quite mixes drama and comedy in quite the same thick black concoction as John Michael McDonagh, so we’ll be watching whatever “The Guard” and “Calvary” writer/director does next. Which will be “War On Everyone,” which now has Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena slated to star (no word yet on Guy Pearce, who was also in talks at one point but we presume he’s moved on). The film will follow “two corrupt cops in New Mexico who frequently blackmail criminals. They run into trouble when they take on an outlaw more dangerous than they are.” That sounds great to us, and cameras will roll next spring in New Mexico. [Screen Daily]

Speaking of movies about pairs of corrupt boys in blue, Nicolas Cage is making another probably mediocre movie: this time it’s called “The Trust.” Ben Brewer and Adam Hirsch co-wrote and will co-direct a story about “two crooked cops who discover a hidden safe, the contents of which will lead them down a deadly road of corruption with no one left to trust —not even themselves.” Pre-production is underway. [Deadline]

Say farewell for now to Hodor and Bran (Kristian Nairn and Isaac Hempstead-Wright) from “Game Of Thrones,” as those characters won’t be appearing on the next season of the show. “Ideally that wouldn’t have gotten out and it’s unfortunate it did. The fact is, even though we’re making changes to the books and adapting as necessary, we’re trying to keep the various storylines the same as the books and trying to keep them roughly [chronologically] parallel,” showrunner and writer David Benioff said. “And last year, we caught up to the end of Bran’s storyline [in George R.R. Martin’s most recent ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novel, ‘A Dance with Dragons’]. So if we pushed him forward this season, then he’s way ahead of where the other characters are. It made sense to stop where we did. [Bran] is now entering a training period which is going to take quite some time, much of which isn’t particularly cinematic. So rather than being stuck in a cave for a year, we figured it would be interesting to leave him out for a little bit, so when you see him again…” [EW]

Adam Brody will star in Neil LaBute‘s DirecTV show “Billy and Billie,” and it’s not surprising it has a controversial premise. The series will follow “Billy, who falls in love with his step-sister Billie (Lisa Joyce). In addition to the normal trials and tribulations any young couple must face, the lovesick pair’s lives are further burdened by their relationship as step-siblings.” LaBute will write, direct and produce the ten-episode program. [The Wrap]

Patrick Fugit (whose turn in “Gone Girl” is pretty underrated) will lead the Cinemax exorcism drama “Outcast.” Based on the comic of the same name, the show will follow “Kyle Barnes, a young man who’s been plagued by possession since he was a child. He sets out to seek answers, only to uncover something that could end all life on Earth as we know it.” Yikes. [Deadline]

Matthew Goode is joining the ensemble of “Downton Abbey.” The actor will appear in the upcoming Christmas episode and has booked a stint for the sixth season, presumably to woo Lady Mary. Hold on to your crumpets. [Baz Bamigboye]

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