For Young Thesps, It's All About Locking Roles Before Holidays

The town is slowing, but not the deal makers who are racing to lock their young clients into jobs before everything shuts down for the holidays. Here are some of the more interesting results:

British actor Joshua Bowman just got the love interest to Miley Cyrus in her new film So Undercover, which is being financed by Exclusive Media Group and directed by Tom Vaughan. The actor’s repped by Management 360 and United Agents.

Lily Collins has been set to star in the first installment of the Mortal Instruments book series which is being directed by Scott Charles Stewart for Screen Gems. She’ll play the role of Clary Fray. Collins, who followed The Blind Side by starring with Taylor Lautner in Abduction, next stars in Priest. She’s repped by CAA.

Max Minghella has landed the role of Ben Harper in Ides of March, which George Clooney will begin directing next year. with Ryan Gosling starring. Minghella, who’s coming off The Social Network, just starred in the New Regency-Summit supernatural project The Darkest Hour. He’s repped by CAA.

Caleb Landry Jones joins Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale and Ben Foster in Contraband for Universal and Working Title. He’ll play the brother in law of a retired smuggler (Wahlberg) whose screw-up forces him back for one last job. Landry is currently shooting X-Men First Class for Fox. He’s repped by Paradigm and Untitled.

Dallas Roberts and Alison Eastwood will star in The Door, a psychological thriller written and directed by Matthew Arnold and produced by Michael Ohoven. Roberts plays a radio talk host drawn into exploring paranormal activity while Eastwood is sent by the Center for Disease Control to investigate a possible virus, and forms a relationship with the radio guy. Eastwood just directed Rails and Ties for Warner Bros.

Comedian Bryan Callen has joined the cast of Todd Phillips’ The Hangover Part II, playing a smarmy strip club owner in Bangkok. He played a wedding chapel owner in the first film and also a role in Phillips’ Old School. Callen’s also in Lionsgate’s Warrior with Tom Hardy.

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