30 April 2013 7:55 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Here's today's casting news: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is set to star in The Zookeeper's Wife, based on the Diana Ackerman novel about the true story of Warsaw zoo owners Jan and Antonina Zabinski's rescue of hundreds of Jewish refugees during the Nazi invasion of World War II. Brad Pitt was courted to play the world's greatest assassin in The Gray Man a number of years ago, but it looks like the veteran has departed this particular picture. Gael Garcia Bernal (No) and Alice Braga (I Am Legend) are set to star in El Ardor, pitched as a modern-day Western, a tale of survival and revenge set in in the Amazon jungle. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up, THR reports that Chastain will star in The Zookeeper's Wife.  Angela Workman (War Bride) wrote the screenplay and the picture will be directed by Niko Caro »

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