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Casting: Geng, Pepper, Ehle, Modine

15 July 2013 7:15 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Transformers 4

Popular Chinese singer and actor Han Geng has joined the cast of Michael Bay's "Transformers 4".

Bay says: "He's one of Asia's top stars in the worlds of music, television and movies and has become one of the most influential entertainers in China. Now he'll also be known for 'Transformers 4.'" [Source:]

Kill the Messenger

Barry Pepper has signed on for Michael Cuesta's fact-based thriller "Kill The Messenger" at Focus Features. Jeremy Renner plays Pulitzer-winning journalist Gary Webb in the film which begins shooting today in Atlanta.

Pepper will play federal prosecutor Russell Dodson, tasked with keeping a lid on the agency’s connection to the massive influx of cocaine into the U.S. by Nicaraguan contras. Dodson tries to prevent Webb from running a series of articles about the case. [Source: Deadline]

Black and White

Jennifer Ehle, Andre Holland and Bill Burr have joined the cast »

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Barry Pepper Joins Michael Cuesta’s ‘Kill The Messenger’

14 July 2013 11:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Barry Pepper, the man, the legend! It’s been announced that Thn favourite Pepper is due to join the Jeremy Renner pic Kill The Messenger. He’s recently turned up in Snitch and The Lone Ranger and now he’s signed on for Michael Cuesta’s factually-based film. Cuesta has been behind a lot of TV including Dexter and a massive favourite of mine in the shape of Homeland.

Pepper is set to play prosecutor Russell Dodson, the man who was told to keep quiet about the CIA’s links to huge amounts of cocaine coming into the USA via Nicaraguan contras. His role in the based-on-real-life drama was to stop investigative reporter Gary Webb, played here by Jeremy Renner, from running stories on what was happening.

It’s very early days in terms of trailers as production literally begins this week but I think it’ll be good for »

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