This week:

More stars join Akiva Goldsman’s A Winter’s Tale; A&E’s Bates Motel finds its Norman Bates; Claudia Lee talks about her role in Kick-Ass 2; Philip Seymour Hoffman plans to jump behind the camera again; and a new image from Jack Ryan.

Matt Bomer (White Collar), Eva Marie Saint (North by Northwest), and Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) have joined the cast of Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, A Winter’s Tale.

The plot:

The film, based on the Mark Helprin novel, is about a dying young woman who falls in love with a thief who breaks into her palatial home on the West Side of Manhattan, in a drama that takes place in 19th century and contemporary Manhattan.

The three will be joining a cast that already includes Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), William Hurt, Will Smith, and Russell Crowe. Shooting begins in late October.

Source: Deadline

Hart of Dixie‘s Claudia Lee has shed a little light on her Kick-Ass 2 character Brooke, the teenage ringleader of a high school posse.

“The whole essence of Brooke’s attitude is what helped me to create her persona. I am a fan of the “Kick-Ass” comic book series, so I was drawn to bring out all of those qualities that Brooke possesses. I love Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s work. I’ve read the first two “Hit-Girl” issues and I can’t wait for the rest of them. In “Kick-Ass 2” you will see some of Brooke’s unique personality, but there is definitely more of her character to develop.”

New director Jeff Wadlow is currently shooting Kick-Ass 2 in Toronto. Several photos from the set have appeared online which offer brief looks at new characters like Dr. Gravity (Donald Faison), Colonel Stars (Jim Carrey), and Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina).

Source: Comic Book Movie

The Master star Philip Seymour Hoffman has announced plans to direct the film Ezekiel Moss.

The film reportedly centers on a young boy that encounters a drifter capable of communicating with the dead. There’s no word on if Hoffman might be looking to play the drifter, but considering he starred in his directorial debut Jack Goes Boating we wouldn’t be surprised if he did.

Source: Indiewire

A new image from Paramount Pictures’ reboot Jack Ryan has appeared online. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer the first look at star Chris Pine as Tom Clancy’s classic character.

Instead this image shows Kenneth Branagh as the film’s villain, who also happens to be Jack Ryan’s boss. In addition to playing Pine’s adversary, though, Branagh is also serving as the film’s director.

Source: Indiewire

A&E’s prequel series Bates Motel has found its Norman Bates in 20-year old Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Highmore will be joining a cast that already includes Vera Farmiga as Norman’s surprisingly alive mother, Norma Bates. Executive Producer Carlton Cuse (LOST) says he is not looking for an Anthony Perkins (who played Norman in Hitchcock’s original film) imitation from Highmore, as this will be an original take on the classic story.

Source: TV Guide