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Casting roundup: Gal Gadot, Milla Jovovich, and Selena Gomez all join new projects

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Feb 6, 2018

In casting news today, The Simpsons is set to animate a demi-goddess, the new sci-fi thriller Hummingbird has cast a genre hero as its lead, and The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle has added some more magic.

According to her own involvement via twitter, Gal Gadot will soon be featured in Season 30 (wow) of The Simpsons, where she'll voice a version of herself. "I grew up watching The Simpsons and now I get to voice myself in an episode! Stay tuned...," she tweeted. The conquering hero of last year's Wonder Woman also added a short video of herself signing the top of Marge Simpson's iconic hair.

Moving over to live action, Deadline is reporting that Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil) has joined the sci-fi action thriller Hummingbird. The film comes from a Black List script by John McClain, with Jovovich's real-life husband Paul W.S. Anderson set to do a rewrite. Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerstrom (EA's Battlefield 1 Video Game, the short film Reset) are set to direct.

The film's story will center on a female assassin "whose latest mark catapults her on a journey of shocking self-discovery." Jovovich is replacing Olivia Munn, who was previously attached. It is described as being "in the vein of Lucy and the Bourne films," and we can certainly see Jovovich pulling that off.

Finally, The Hollywood Reporter is announcing today that Selena Gomez (Hotel Transylvania 1, 2, and 3) has joined The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. Robert Downey Jr. is already set to play the famed Doctor who can talk to animals, and Gomez will give voice to one of them. She joins an already impressive list of celebrity animal voices, which includes Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Emma Thompson (Beauty and the Beast), and Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel).

Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) is set to direct a script that he re-wrote from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd. It will be based on the classic children's books from the 1920s by author Hugh Lofting.

All in all, it's good casting news all around today, especially for people who like both talented, butt-kicking female actors and films about men who can talk to animals.

(via Twitter, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter)