Belgian actor Mehdi Dehbi has joined Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart and Angela Bassett in action sequel London Has Fallen. The Most Wanted Man and Tyrant star will play Sultan Mansoor, the youngest of three brothers whose life has been forever altered by a drone strike. Filming is underway on the Millennium Films/Focus Features production under helmer Babak Najafi. Dehbi also is onboard opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in drug biopic The Godmother, about real-life Colombian cocaine queenpin Griselda Blanco. Dehbi is repped by the Gersh Agency and Chaotik Media.
Fox 2000’s Paper Towns has added Cara Buono (Let Me In, Mad Men) to the mystery about a geeky teen searching for his missing friend, from Robot & Frank director Jake Schreir. Pic is adapted from John Green’s 2008 young adult novel. Buono, who’s currently shooting an arc on CBS’ Person Of Interest, will play the mother of Quentin (Nat Wolff), the kid in search of his missing neighbor Margo (Cara Delevingne). Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing the picture, adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Buono is repped by CESD and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.
Meanwhile, reports are swirling that Warner Bros.’ 2017 DC Comics tentpole Wonder Woman has zeroed in on Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad helmer Michelle MacLaren to direct. Not so fast. Sources say MacLaren, who’s drawn comparisons to Oscar-winning Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, has had talks with the studio but doesn’t have a lock on the high-profile gig, which has Gal Gadot in place to play the superheroine and will mark the third spandex tentpole (after 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice and David Ayer’s Suicide Squad) in WB’s ambitious comic book universe. Word is MacLaren is just one of WB’s shortlisted potential helmers and that the Lasso of Truth easily could swing in another direction. Warner Bros had no comment.
Sources also say it’s a beat too early to start calling Terminator: Genisys star Jai Courtney for his Suicide Squad spandex-fitting. WB is keeping mum on this one, while some reports have Courtney pegged for a major role in the Ayer-directed supervillain team-up, which Tom Hardy, Will Smith, and The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie are circling. Courtney might instead be cast in another of the DC comic book properties that WB has slotted through 2020.