10 July 2012 6:16 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With White House Down getting itself together right across Hollywood, Antoine Fuqua and his team are working at lightning speed to assemble Olympus Has Fallen into shooting shape. Thus, in the latest round of casting, THR tells us that Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Rick Yune (The Man with the Iron Fists, Die Another Day), and Cole Hauser (2 Fast 2 Furious) are now in the picture.

Leo‘s being signed to appear as the Secretary of Defense who concedes information when tortured; Yune is the primary antagonist, “a North Korean posing as a South Korean ministerial aide” who, obviously, is also “a sociopathic monster”; and Hauser will be a Secret Service agent. Not that you probably didn’t know this already, but Olympus — written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt — centers on a former member of the Secret Service who has to save his President when the White House comes under attack from North Korean terrorists. »

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