Casting Couch


Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman will star in the comedy, “The Baster.” Will Speck and Josh Gordon (“Blades of Glory”) will direct. The fertility-themed comedy centers on an insecure man (Bateman) whose best friend (Aniston) decides to get fertility treatments and secretly replaces the donor’s semen with his own. (Variety)

Ewan McGregor and Carey Mulligan are in negotiations to star in “The Electric Slide.” Tristan Patterson will make his directing debut, which is based on the article “The Yankee Bandit: The Life and Times of Eddie Dodson, World’s Great Bank Robber,” written by Timothy Ford for Gear magazine. (Variety)

Camilla Belle will star as Mary in “Mary, Mother of Christ.” Ensemble feature is also set to star Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Peter O’Toole, Al Pacino and Jessica Lange. (Variety)

Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro have been tapped to play two Jesuit priests, who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity in Martin Scorsese’s next film, “Silence.” (Variety)

Sally Hawkins has joined “We Want Sex.” “Sex” takes place during the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant when 850 female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination in their job performance evaluations. Imelda Staunton is also in talks to star. Billy Ivory has penned the script, while Simon Curtis is directing the feature. (Variety)
Al Pacino is set to play the title character in an adaptation of Shakepeare’s “King Lear.” Pacino has reportedly declined to star in the feature before, but the project will now move forward. Pacino previously starred in an adaptation of “The Merchant of Venice” in 2004. (Variety)