Casting Roundup: Page, Brolin and Williams Get the Gigs

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All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

Ellen Page will be starring in "Into the Forest," the story of two teenage sisters living in rural Northern California as society seems to decay and collapse around them. As if that should alarm the girl who saw buildings fold in on themselves and stuff in "Inception." [The Playlist]

• Another thesp is packing his bags for "Sin City." Josh Brolin, who appeared in director Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror," will be playing the central role of Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the original film) in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." Now how about some casting news on the film's femme fatale, Ava Lord, already? [MovieWeb]

• After a four-year hiatus from the big screen (save for some voice work in "Happy Feet Two"), Robin Williams is back and heading down Dito Montiel's "Boulevard." Williams will play a devoted husband forced to confront his own secrets after he comes in contact with an emotionally closed young man. [Deadline]

• Meanwhile, more musical casting chairs on the aptly-titled Elmore Leonard adaptation, "The Switch." Will Forte and Tim Robbins will be replacing Ty Burrell and Dennis Quaid in the story that takes place 15 years before the events of "Rum Punch" (previously adapted by Quentin Tarantino as "Jackie Brown"), with John Hawkes and Mos Def playing younger versions of the characters played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson. [Variety]

• More lovely ladies will be keeping the company of Kevin Costner. Amber Heard and Connie Nielsen have joined the cast of what until recently was called "Three Days to Kill," a McG-directed thriller about a Secret Service agent who comes out of retirement for one last mission in exchange for access to an experimental drug that could save his life, all while trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). [Deadline]

Ashley Tisdale is keeping the faith. The "High School Musical" star will be joining Nicolas Cage for the screen adaptation of "Left Behind," based on the bestselling novels chronicling the prophecies in the Biblical books of Revelation. Ashley will play Chloe Steele, daughter of Cage's Ray Steele, who wanders America looking for any surviving members of her family after millions of people suddenly disappear from the face of the Earth. [Deadline]

Brie Larson has just gotta sing! The "21 Jump Street" beauty will be playing the lead role in "Basmati Blues," a Bollywood musical about "love, adventure, and a grain of rice that could change the world," featuring the music of country group Sugarland. Hey, why not? [The Playlist]

• You can't keep Jeremy Strong from making history — or remaking it, anyway. The young star of "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Lincoln" continues with his groove of historical dramas with signing on to play Lee Harvey Oswald in "Parkland," an ensemble chamber piece that takes place at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day John F. Kennedy was murdered. [Variety]

• When there's no more Robot, there is only "Frank." Maggie Gyllenhaal will be joining Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender and Scoot McNairy for the indie comedy about about a wannabe musician (Gleeson), who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious Frank (Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal). [The Hollywood Reporter]