Casting Roundup: Mark Wahlberg Is The Gambler, Djimon Hounsou Is Fast & Furious

hounsou Downton Abbey continues to churn out stars, Fast & Furious 7 is still adding to its cast, and Mark Wahlberg is the latest to take on The Gambler in today’s roundup.

Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown-Findlay has been cast as a trapeze artist/love interest to Daniel Radcliffe’s Igor in Fox’s new version of Frankenstein, also starring James McAvoy. That show’s becoming quite the launching pad, with Brown-Findlay and Dan Stevens now firmly rising movie stars. Who will be the next to leave for greener pastures? My money’s on Michelle Dockery. [THR]

• The Fast & Furious 7 cast is still growing even though filming is already underway. Djimon Hounsou is the latest to join the franchise that’s now seven films deep. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker still anchor all the most recent of the films, with Ronda Rousey, Kurt Russell and Jason Statham among the newbies. No word on who Hounsou will play, but I guess this means he’s done filming Guardians of the Galaxy. [Variety]

Mark Wahlberg is the latest actor linked to a long-gestating remake of The Gambler, with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt in talks to direct him. The remake of the 1977 James Caan drama about a college professor who gets in over his head gambling has gone through several iterations in recent years, with everyone from Martin Scorsese to Todd Phillips linked to direct it at one point or another. [Deadline]

• The 12-episode 24 “event series” is moving right along. Kiefer Sutherland is back, Mary Lynn Rajskub is back, and now it looks like Kim Raver will be back too, after a month-long negotiation process seems to bearing its end. [Deadline]

Glee star Melissa Benoist has been cast opposite Miles Teller in indie drama Whiplash. He plays a determined drummer, JK Simmons a brutal teacher. I don’t know who she plays but she’ll need to bring her A game acting opposite the charm machine that is Teller. [Deadline]

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