Will Yun Lee (Red Dawn, Total Recall, The Wolverine) has locked a role in New Line, WB, and Village Roadshow’s disaster pic San Andreas. Lee will play Dr. Kim Chung, the co-director of the Cal-Tech Seismology Lab in the film about an ex-Special Ops firefighter (Dwayne Johnson) scouring Northern California for his family after the Big One hits. He was recently tapped for a recurring role on HBO’s vamp series True Blood and also appears in Fox’s upcoming Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy and Duane Adler’s Make Your Move, opposite Korean superstar BoA. San Andreas is produced by Beau Flynn. Rob Cowan is executive producer, and Hiram Garcia is co-producer. Tripp Vinson also serves as a producer on the film which hits theaters next summer and begins filming in Australia next month. Lee is repped by APA and Zero Gravity Management.
The Americans and Longmire thesp Lee Tergesen (Monster, Wayne’s World, Point Break) has a particular set of skills, which Elevative Entertainment has tapped for its upcoming spy comedy spoof Tooken. The Naked Gun-style send-up of actioner Taken sees Tergesen play the Liam Neeson role as “Bryan Millers,” with Lauren Stamile (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and the upcoming USA series Complications) as his ex-wife and Laura-Leigh (We’re the Millers, The Client List) playing their daughter Kim. Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Joyce Bulifant (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), and Ray Abruzzo (The Sopranos, Last Vegas) round out the cast. Actor-turned-director John Asher, who co-starred with Tergesen on USA’s Weird Science, is at the helm of the film which begins lensing in LA next week. Asher co-wrote the script with Cameron Van Hoy, who is producing alongside Kelly Noonan. Tergesen is repped by The Gersh Agency. Noonan is a client of Paradigm, which is selling North American rights.
CBS Films’ upcoming novel adaptation The DUFF has cast its supporting lineup as production gears up for a summer Atlanta shoot. Mae Whitman stars in the comedy about contented high schooler Bianca, whose world is shattered when she discovers the student body knows her as ‘The Duff’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). She reinvents herself, setting out to overthrow the school’s reigning queen bee. Skyler Samuels and Bianca Santos will play Bianca’s more popular friends. Ken Jeong is set to play her favorite teacher. Bella Thorne is cast as her ruthless rival Madison, with Nick Eversman playing Bianca’s crush and Robbie Amell as a slick and charming jock she enlists for her grand scheme. Josh Cagan adapted the script from Kody Keplinger’s novel. Ari Sandel is directing, with McG, Mary Viola, and Susan Cartsonis producing. Lane Bishop is exec producer. CBS Films’ Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing for the studio.