Peter Dinklage is set to star in period crime drama The Thicket, based on Joe Lansdale’s novel. He plays Shorty, a crafty bounty hunter enlisted to find a woman who has been kidnapped by a violent killer at the turn of the 20th century. He and his fellow trackers venture into the deadly no-man’s land known as the Big Thicket, a place where blood and chaos reign. Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang is producing with Dinklage and the actor’s manager David Ginsberg. Dinklage stars on HBO’s Game Of Thrones and next appears in the comedy features Taxi and Pixels. He is repped by CAA, attorney Karl Austen and Ginsberg.

John Magaro has been cast in Disney’s The Finest Hours. The Craig Gillespie-directed film chronicles the massive rescue mission that’s launched when a pair of oil tankers split in two off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. Magaro play Ervin Maske, a visiting Coast Guard member who volunteers to join Bernie (Chris Pine) in the rescue. He’s never been on a rescue but is loyal and determined to save lives. Production begins next week. The actor next appears in the Louis Zamperini biopic Unbroken and the drama Carol. Magaro, whose credits also include Fade Away and Liberal Arts, is repped by Paradigm and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

Jim Jefferies, Rhys Darby, Jon Lovitz, Flula Borg, Dan Bakkedahl and Colton Dunn have joined the cast of the untitled Celebrity Death Pool comedy from Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and WWE Studios. Director Darren Grant’s film centers on a struggling nightclub owner who, after amassing a large debt from a loan shark, sets out to win his long-running celebrity death pool by attempting to kill his chosen celebrity, David Hasselhoff. Jefferies and Bakkedahl starred together on the FXX comedy Legit, Darby co-starred on Flight Of The Conchords, SNL vet Lovitz recently starred on the syndicated comedy Mr. Box Office, Borg recently wrapped Pitch Perfect 2, and Dunn next appears in the feature The Dramatics.