Djimon Hounsou in TARZAN; Daniel Dae Kim in THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT; Ray Liotta, Rose Leslie, Justin Bartha & More in STICKY NOTES

     June 5, 2014

Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Djimon Hounsou will join David Yates’ Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz.  The picture is due to open July 1, 2016.
  • Daniel Dae Kim is set to star in Robert Schwentke’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent (and, yes, this is the new official title), starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.  The sequel will open March 20, 2015.
  • Ray Liotta, Justin Bartha, Gina Rodriguez, and Rose Leslie will star in Amanda Harlib’s directorial debut, Sticky Notes.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

First up from Deadline is the news that Hounsou will star as Chief Mbonga in the action-adventure picture Tarzan.  Skarsgard plays the title role with Robbie as Jane Porter and Waltz as Captain Rom.

As Variety reports, Kim will play Jack Kang in The Divergent Series: Insurgent.  Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Jonny Weston, and Suki Waterhouse recently joined the cast, with Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort set to reprise their roles.

justin-bartha-gina-rodriguez-rose-leslie-sticky-notesFinally, here’s the press release for Sticky Notes:

Los Angeles, CA (June 4, 2014)—Rose Leslie, Justin Bartha and Gina Rodriguez have joined Ray Liotta in the cast of  STICKY NOTES, the directorial debut of screenwriter Amanda Harlib. The film, which is currently lensing in New Orleans, Louisiana is produced by Katie Mustard (SHELTER, WE’LL NEVER HAVE PARIS) and Joe Jenckes (MARGIN CALL, KILL YOUR DARLINGS) under the Mustard & Co. production banner.

STICKY NOTES is the story of an emotionally detached back-up dancer named Athena (Leslie), who must return home to Florida to help care for her estranged father, Jack (Liotta), after he gets diagnosed with cancer. There she must contend with Jack’s irresponsible lifestyle while looking after six year old Honey Bunny who is only beginning to grasp the err in Jack’s ways.

Harlib most recently adapted the novel SORTA LIKE A ROCKSTAR by Matthew Quick (author of Silver Linings Playbook) for Gotham Group, which is set up with Temple Hill at Fox Searchlight.  She has also worked as a writer on the in-development CLUELESS 2 for Paramount. Additionally, she is the creator of the web series HAUTE & BOTHERED, which ran on for 2 years and was sponsored by LG.

Leslie can currently be seen on the hit HBO series GAME OF THRONES and was a regular on DOWNTON ABBEY. She stars in the current indie festival hit HONEYMOON which premiered at SXSW and played at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Magnolia Pictures has worldwide rights to the film. Gina Rodriguez was named in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 35 Latinos under 35” list and was also was a breakout star at Sundance 2012 for FILLY BROWN.  She currently is starring in the upcoming TV series JANE THE VIRGIN.  Justin Bartha is best known for his roles in THE HANGOVER trilogy and the NATIONAL TREASURE series and was most recently a series regular on FOX’s THE NEW NORMAL.

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