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Casting: Lovecraft project wraps tentacles around Nicolas Cage, Jillian Nguyen tapped for sci-fi movie Loveland, more

By Josh Weiss
Nicolas Cage

Do you like unspeakable horrors that arrive from the unfeeling and uncaring void of the cosmos? Oh, you do? You've been dreaming about a sunken city lately?

Stop right there, today's casting roundup is definitely for you. We've also got futuristic love stories and Spider-People abroad.

Nicolas Cage is entering the world of H.P. Lovecraft's cosmic horror by starring in a film adaptation of The Colour Out of Space, reports Variety. Produced by the Elijah Wood-founded SpectreVision, this is Cage's second team-up with the production company behind Mandy.

Originally published in 1927, The Colour Out of Space is one of Lovecraft's most famous short stories, telling the tale of a meteorite that, after crashing to Earth, begins negatively affecting the plant and animal life on a farm in Arkham, Massachusetts.

The film version (which changes "Colour" to "Color" in the title) kicks off production next month and will be helmed by Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil), who hasn't directed a feature in over two decades. He co-wrote the script with Scarlett Amaris.

“Lovecraft is the dark father of modern horror, and we have been searching for an adaptation that captures the true scope of his cosmic dread for years,” said Daniel Noah of SpectreVision, per Variety. “Richard Stanley — a wizard in his own right – will at long last bring Lovecraft’s humbling power to the screen unfiltered.”

Jillian Nguyen, an actor in the upcoming historical drama The True History of the Kelly Gang, has boarded the romance-fueled sci-fi film Loveland, Deadline confirms.

Directed by Ivan Sen (Mystery Road), the movie will follow an assassin and a nightclub performer who come together to discover their purposes for existing in "a futuristic Chinese-influenced mega-city," according to the news outlet.

Hugo Weaving (Mortal Engines) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) are also set to star in the project, which will shoot abroad in places like Hong Kong and Brisbane in Australia.

Actor Zach Barack will be a part of Sony and Marvel Studios' Spider-Man: Far From Home, which bows in theaters this summer, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

Barack, who is transgender, might be playing a friend of Tom Holland's Peter Parker, who, in the Homecoming sequel, travels to Europe with a number of his classmates over summer vacation. Although there is no confirmation of Barack's character's name and MO, the actor did post a number of photos on his Instagram account that confirm his involvement with the film.

As many have observed, Barack may well be the first out trans actor to appear in an MCU film.

Far From Home hits theaters on July 5 and will introduce Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and the Elementals to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.