Casting: ‘Short Term 12’ Star Keith Stanfield To Play Snoop Dogg In ‘Straight Outta Compton’ And More

Casting: 'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield To Play Snoop Dogg In 'Straight Outta Compton' And More
Casting: 'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Play Snoop Dogg 'Straight Outta Compton' And More

West Coast rap is coming back next summer with N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” And the cast for the F. Gary Gray movie just keeps getting bigger. “Short Term 12” star Keith Stanfield (who showed off his rap skills in the indie flick) has joined the movie, taking on the role of hip hop titan Snoop Dogg. Those are some big shoes to fill. He joins a cast that includes O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. as N.W.A., with Paul Giamatti as their manager. The movie hits the streets on August 14, 2015. [The Wrap]

Mary Elizabeth Winstead will face the end of the world in “The Cellar.” She has joined the thriller about “woman who wakes up underground after a terrible car accident and fears she’s been abducted. Her captor, a doomsday prepper, warns her that a terrible chemical attack has left the outside world uninhabitable but as tensions rise she decides she must escape regardless of the terrors that await outside.” John Goodman co-stars and Dan Trachtenberg will direct. [Deadline]

Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne will co-star in the wild comedy “Fresno.” The movie follows a “lonely but stoic lesbian Martha (Lyonne), whose sister Shannon (Greer), a sex addict with no impulse control and a long history of poor decisions, winds up back in Fresno cleaning hotel rooms with her. When they accidentally kill a guest, the sisters are forced to confront their unpleasant co-dependent relationship.” Jamie Babbitt (“But I’m A Cheerleader,” “Itty Bitty Titty Committee“) will direct, with production starting next month. [Deadline]

Daryl Hannah joins James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts,  Chris Zylka, Avan Jogia, Charlie Carver and Lesley Ann Warren in “Michael.” Based on a true story, the film follows “Michael Glatze (Franco), a gay activist from Wyoming who renounced his homosexuality after enduring years of abuse and became a conservative Christian minister.” [The Wrap]

Judi Dench will appear with Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville, Sophie Okonedo, Keeley Hawes and Tom Sturridge in the BBC TV production of Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” Dominic Cooke will direct. [THR]

Holliday Grainger, Richard Madden and James Norton will star in BBC‘s “Lady Chatterly’s Lover.” Production on the adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel will begin this fall. [Digital Spy]

Michelle Dockery is joining Elisabeth Moss in Alex Ross Perry‘s “Queen Of Earth.” The thriller “centers on two women (Moss and Dockery) who retreat to a beach house to get a break from the pressures of the outside world. Although they grew up as best friends, they soon realize how disconnected from each other they have become, allowing their suspicions to bleed into reality.” [THR]

Bond girl Berenice Bejo has joined Robert Pattinson and Tim Roth in Brady Corbet‘s directorial debut “The Childhood Of A Leader.” The ambitious film “focuses on the early years of a post-World War I ruler,” and lensing will begin in November. [Variety]

We’re beyond excited for David Simon‘s next HBO project, and the cast keeps growing with some intriguing new names climbing aboard. Winona Ryder, Jon Bernthal and Alfred Molina are joining Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener in “Show Me A Hero.” The miniseries “centers on Nick Wasicsko, the young mayor of a midsize American city who is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the whole city apart, paralyzes the entire municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.” Sounds like it’s gonna be a tough one. [THR]

Ken Jeong, David Hasselhoff and Hulk Hogan will all finally be in the same movie. It’s a comedy about “a struggling nightclub owner who after amassing a large debt from a loan shark, sets out to win a long-running celebrity death pool by attempting to kill Hasselhoff.” Good lord. [Variety]

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