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Industry Roundup: Izzard to Study Tara, Cranston Tackles Grief

Traveling Stateside: Eddie Izzard will be returning to U.S. television after his starring role in FX’s The Riches wrapped up in 2008. The British actor-comedian will join the Showtime comedy United States of Tara in what’s being described as a major recurring role. Izzard will play Tara’s (Toni Collette) “brilliant psychology professor who starts as a Dissociative Identity Disorder skeptic, but becomes fascinated with Tara as a subject, leading him to explore the condition further.” The blurry line between comedy and drama these days! [Deadline]

A Break From Bad: Fresh off his third-straight Emmy win for Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston will star in the indie thriller The Grief Tourist opposite Michael Cudlitz (Southland). The story follows a “troubled soul” who obsessively studies the serial killers who fascinate him. Soon, “his dark obsession with past killers becomes his reality and leads viewers on a menacing and horrific journey inside his twisted mind.” Hmmm, sounds awfully Dexter-esque, no? [Variety]

Shark Attack: Horror film Shark Night 3-D has added four actors to its cast: Sinqua Walls (Friday Night Lights), Chris Carmack (The O.C.), Alyssa Diaz (Red Dawn), and Joel David Moore (Avatar). The story revolves around seven men and women spending a weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf area. But their vacation soon becomes “a nightmare of hellish shark attacks, unheard of in freshwater lakes,” as they determine “that the sharks are part of a sick, greedy plan on the part of several locals.” Will J.C. like this one as much as he enjoyed Piranha? [Heat Vision/HR]

Four for 5nal: David Koechner, Nicholas D'Agosto (Fired Up!), P.J. Byrne (Dinner for Schmucks), and Ellen Wroe (Huge) are joining Miles Fisher in the cast of 5nal Destination, the fifth film in the Final Destination franchise. This new iteration focuses on a brand-new group of victims, "co-workers on a corporate retreat," who escape the collapse of a city’s suspension bridge. [Heat Vision/HR]

Clash Again: Jonathan Liebesman will direct the sequel to Clash of the Titans that you've been breathlessly awaiting. Stars Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton are expected to return for the follow-up. [Heat Vision/HR]

Midway Point: Warner Bros. has bought a pitch from Bruce C. McKenna (The Pacific), which it is setting up as a 3-D project with Akiva Goldsman. McKenna will write the script, centering on the 1942 battle of Midway, which took place six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and resulted in a "decisive" U.S. naval victory. [Variety]

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