Need To Know: Sequels Set & Casting Choices

For the weekend film buzz, there are a few ‘need to know’ announcements. First up on the casting plate, Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Superman/Batman film. A release date has been set for May 6, 2016, departing from a July, 2015 slot.

Next up, “Hot Tub Machine” gets a sequel. Paramount has slated the comedy, starring Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke, to hit theaters Dec. 25. To recap, John Cusack starred in the 2010 film about a malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort which takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born.

Another casting 411:  Atlas Independent announced that Jessica Alba has signed on to star in “The Wright Girls”. Kevin Connolly (Dear Eleanor, 30 for 30) is set to direct the feature from Bert V. Royal’s (Easy A) screenplay. Atlas Entertainment’s Alex Gartner will join William Green and Aaron Ginsburg of Atlas Independent to produce. Highland Film Group (HFG) will introduce the film to international buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.

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