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[News Bites] Casting Round Up: ‘WER,’ ‘Beautiful Creatures’ and ‘Open Grave’

Kyle Gallner (pictured above), who you may remember from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Jennifer’s Body, is set to round out the cast of Alcon Entertainment’s Beautiful Creatures, which will be distributed by Warner Bros. on February 1, 2013, says Variety. Richard LaGravenese is writing and directing the supernatural love story based on the first novel in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s popular series. Alden Ehrenreich and newcomer Alice Englert star as teenage lovers who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town. Pic co-stars Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum and Thomas Mann. Gallner will play Larkin, Rossum’s younger brother whom she casts a spell on.

Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) is heading to Hungary to begin shooting Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s Open Grave, and he has closed his deal to play the villain in Spike Lee’s Oldboy, a remake of the cult 2003 Korean revenge thriller from Park Chan-wook, reports Deadline. The actor will play the lead character in Lopez-Gallego’s follow-up to Apollo 18. Copley’s character wakes up in the pit full of rotting bodies with no idea how he got there, begins to have flashbacks of himself murdering people and stars to believe he’s the killer. Bloody Disgusting exclusively learned that Thomas Kretschmann (Hostel: Part III, King Kong, Resident Evil: Apocalypse) and Josie Ho (Contagion) round out the cast.

Lastly, Vik Sahay (pictured below; “Chuck”) officially joins A.J. Cook (“Criminal Minds”), Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside) and Brian J. O’Connor (Epic Movie) in WER, the werewolf flick being directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside), reports THR. Finally breaking the silence, they confirm our exclusive plot details: “The story is set in Paris and follows an investigation of a gruesome slaying of a family. Sahay is a member of the defense team which learns its client (O’Connor), who is suspect in the slayings, is a werewolf.” Shooting starts in Bucharest, Romania this month and is being produced by FilmDistrict (Insidious).