Sarah Wright Olsen (Marry Me) has been cast opposite Tom Cruise in Mena, the drug-pilot drama from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures. It’s a fact-based tale about Barry Seal (Cruise), a pilot who was a gun runner and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel during the 1980s. The title refers to Mena, AR, where a lot of the illegal activity took place under the noses of Presidents Reagan and Bush and then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton. Wright will play Barry’s wife Lucy Seal, a former homecoming queen-turned-homemaker who in the beginning is completely unaware of her husband’s exploits. Wright stars on NBC’s Marry Me, and other recent credits include Mixology and Parks And Recreation and the features Walk Of Shame and 21 & Over. She is repped by Ellen Meyer Management.
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) has joined the cast of indie drama The Wolf Who Cried Boy. Described as an anti-coming-of-age story, it centers on a teenager who gets swept into the seedy underbelly of the scrapping industry in the rusty carcass of a once-thriving metropolis. Abdi will play Reggie, a limo driver who acts as a fence for stolen copper. Shooting starts this spring in Detroit on the film produced by Luke Jaden, Cort Johns, Frank Capra III , Phil Wurtzel, Anthony Garth and Andy Henry. Abdi scored an Oscar nom for Captain Phillips and guested on Hawaii Five-O this season. Repped by SMS Talent and Morris Yorn, he next appears in the features Eye In The Sky and Extortion.