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Casting: Miles Teller Joins ‘The Stopwatch Gang,’ Elizabeth Banks & Paul Giamatti Engage In ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ & More

Casting: Miles Teller Joins 'The Stopwatch Gang,' Elizabeth Banks & Paul Giamatti Engage In 'Battle Of The Sexes' & More

Miles Teller and Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland,” “Gangster Squad“) are teaming up for “The Life And Times Of The Stopwatch Gang.” Based on an article published in Atavist, the story follows the titular bank robbers who earned their name “because of how quickly they pulled off their heists. Although they never once fired a shot, the group stole millions and became the most feared and pursued bank robbers of the 1980s.” Teller is producing the project too, and it’s set up over at Universal. [Variety

Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti square off in the upcoming Brian Wilson biopic “Love & Mercy,” and they’ll do so again in HBO‘s movie based on the 1973 Battles Of The Sexes tennis match. David Auburn (“Proof“) is writing the script about the on-court face-off between the 29 year-old, number two ranked, Billie Jean King, and the loud mouthed and retired champ Bobby Riggs. There is a competing project with Will Ferrell playing Riggs, but not much as been heard about it in a while. We’ll see which one gets to the court first. [Deadline]

Ben Foster has joined the cast of Ron Howard‘s “Inferno.” He’ll be taking a villain role in the latest Robert Langdon adventure that finds our scholarly hero waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Inferno.” Felicity JonesIrrfan Khan, Omar Sy, and Sidse Babett Knudsen round out the cast. Filming begins in April. [THR]

Adam Scott, Jenny Slate, Nick Krolland Charlie Hewson will star in Sophie Goodheart‘s full length adaptation of her short film, “My Blind Brother.” The story follows two brothers — one sighted, the other blind — who fall for the same woman. Filming starts in May, and it’s a busy time for both Scott and Slate. The former is also taking a role in the horror-comedy “Krampus,” (with Toni Collette and David Koechner), while the latter has a FX pilot brewing, co-written by Gillian Robespierre, who directed her to some acclaim in “Obvious Child.” [Deadline/LA Times/Deadline]

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