A slew of casting decisions has made the rounds in the world of film news recently, and here are just some of the most high-profile announcements.

BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD OFF TO JURASSIC WORLD

In the first set of casting for the third sequel to Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, Bryce Dallas Howard has come on board to be 936full-bryce-dallas-howardchased by prehistoric beings in Jurassic World.

The actress, best known for roles in Spider-Man 3, The Help and Lady in the Water, is in talks for a leading role in director Colin Trevorrow’s film, although specific details about her character remain unknown for the most part.

Behind the camera, Trevorrow has the distinction of having Spielberg on-board as a producer and being co-writer of the film alongside Derek Connolly. Other producers include Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley, although Kathleen Kennedy is too occupied with galaxies far, far away to return to the fourth motion picture that was 65 million years in the making.

More information about Jurassic World, still set for a summer 2015 release, can be found here.

 

MARTIN FREEMAN TO HEADLINE FARGO TV SERIES

The multi-award-winning 1996 film Fargo, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring Frances McDormand, 57182William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare, is getting a makeover for the small screen. But the project has another thing going for it, now that Martin Freeman has come on board in a major role.

The part-time Hobbit, also regarded for his roles in Sherlock, The World’s End and The Office, is set to play a character similar to Macy’s Jerry Lundegaard in the original film, who arranged for the kidnapping of his wife to receive the hefty ransom her wealthy father would pay. Here, however, all that’s known of Freeman’s character is that his name will be Lester Nygaard – any other resemblance to Macy’s Oscar-nominated performance is as of writing unknown.

Already on board for the 10-part FX miniseries is Billy Bob Thornton, who will play the series’ chief antagonist Lorne Malvo. Thornton and Freeman will feature in the episodes, which also aim to explore “true crimes” committed in the Minnesota county.

Production on the Fargo TV series is expected to begin next month, with a spring 2014 premiere date targeted by FX.

KATIE HOLMES ADDED TO THE GIVER

Things have been fairly quiet for Katie Holmes’ acting career lately, but when you see that her last on-screen appearance was Katie-Holmes-ageAdam Sandler’s Jack and Jill can you really blame her? Anyone who worked on that film would also probably go into reclusive hiding after its release.

But she seems to be back on track after it was made known that the Dawson’s Creek and Batman Begins actress has signed on for The Giver, an adaptation of a young adult sci-fi novel by Lois Lowry.

The book is set in the distant future, where all ranges of human emotions have been purged by removing all existence of the past. A young boy is chosen to be the next “Giver” – an individual tasked with remembering the past in case it becomes valuable – and is plunged into training by the current holder of that title. Holmes is set to play the boy’s mother in a story that sounds more and more like a mix between Equilibrium and Highlander the more you hear it in your head.

Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites are also cast members in director Phillip Noyce’s (Salt) film, which is set to begin production in South Africa in October.