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7/16/2013

Dane DeHaan Joins 'Life After Beth'; Kevin Costner In 'Midnight Delivery'; 'Veronica Mars' Adds Gaby Hoffmann



* After a lengthy delay, the horror comedy Life after Beth finally began rolling. John C. Reilly and Aubrey Plaza have been attached since the beginning, and now as production begins we're learning of one more big addition. Dane DeHaan has joined the cast, fresh off wrapping up his Harry Osborn role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Coming along with him is Paul Reiser (Mad About You), who will be playing DeHaan's father. The story, written and directed by Jeff Baena (I Heart Huckabees), has DeHaan as a young man who tries to continue his relationship with his girlfriend after she returns from the dead. [THR]

* Continuing the roll he's been on since playing Pa Kent in Man of Steel, Kevin Costner has now joined Midnight Delivery, co-written and by produced by Guillermo Del Toro. The film sounds an awful lot like Dwayne Johnson's Snitch, and has Costner as a father who must become a drug mule for a Colombian druglord in order to save his daughter. Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) had been in line to direct, but he jumped ship to helm Passengers with Keanu Reeves. Neil Cross (Luther) co-wrote the script, and could be a solid candidate to step in before filming begins in the fall. [THR]

* As the Veronica Mars film heads to Comic-Con for what should be one raucous panel, show creator Rob Thomas is steady adding new faces to the cast. We already learned that James Franco would be appearing as himself, and now we can expect to see Gaby Hoffmann as new character Ruby Jetson. Hoffmann, who I'll always be fond of for movies like Uncle Buck and 200 Cigarettes, can be seen right now starring with Michael Cera in Crystal Fairy. Thomas has done a pretty good job getting all of the show's cast together, but unfortunately he couldn't work out the schedule with Leighton Meester, who played pop star Carrie Bishop for a couple of episodes. So her role has been filled by Twin Sister lead singer, Andrea Estella.