Casting News: Eddie Murphy, Morris Chestnut Land Roles

Plus, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje to appear on Game of Thrones.

Eddie Murphy is trying his hand at drama for his next project. The actor has joined the next untitled movie from Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy). Murphy will replace Samuel L. Jackson and will be playing a cook who is hired by a dying man to prepare meals for his girlfriend and her daughter when he passes. No further details about the project, or Murphy's character, have been made available but the project does begin filming this month.

Also landing a new role is Morris Chestnut, who joined the cast of Bus 657, directed by Scott Mann. Chestnut will star alongside Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista and Gina Carano. De Niro will play the owner of a casino that is robbed by a father who is struggling to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. Chestnut is De Niro's right-hand man, Derrick "Dog" Prince.

Meanwhile, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has been cast in Jay Roach’s Trumbo, the story based on the life of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (to be played by Bryan Cranston). Trumbo wrote cinema classics Roman Holiday and Spartacus and continued writing under pseudonyms after he was blacklisted for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. The Oz actor has also booked a role on the upcoming fifth season of HBO's Game of Thrones. Details of the role are being kept under wraps.
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