Mike Fleming

Michael Ealy has been set to play the male lead alongside Kate Beckinsale in the fourth installment of the Underworld franchise for Screen Gems and Lakeshore. He will play a police detective who hunts the vampiress and ultimately teams up with her. Ealy, repped by Gersh and Epidemic Management, most recently played a soldier who returned from Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder in  the Tyler Perry-directed For Colored Girls, and he worked for Screen Gems in Takers. Underworld 3D just got under way in Vancouver, directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein from a script by J. Michael Straczynski and John Hlavin, a co-production between Lakeshore and Screen Gems. …

Robin McLeavy has been set to play the role of Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox. The role is brief but sets the tone for the action. It’s her death at the hands of a bloodsucker that hardens young Abe Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) into going to war against the growing scourge of vampires in the 1800s. The Australian actress, who just signed with UTA, is also repped by Wishlab and Shanahans in Australia. She played Stella opposite Cate Blanchett’s Blanche in the Liv Ullmann-directed revival of A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway. …

Alessandro Nivola has signed on to star and produce A Single Shot, an indie thriller that begins production in April, with David M. Rosenthal directing. Nivola, who starred for Rosenthal in Janie Jones, will make his debut as producer. A Single Shot was scripted by Matthew F. Jones from his novel about what happens in  a farming community in the rural Adirondack mountains after John Moon (Nivola) accidentally shoots a teenage girl while aiming at a deer he’s illegally poaching in a nature preserve. The film will also star Emily Mortimer, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis, James Badge Dale and Juno Temple. Nivola produces with Keith Kjarval, Aaron Gilbert and Chris Coen. Nivola is also producing with Kjarval Respectable, scripted by Sexy Beast screenwriter Louis Mellis. Nivola’s repped by CAA and Management 360. …

Zac Efron, long attached to star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman for Mandate Pictures, now has a director. The script’s by Matt Drake, and Fredrik Bond got the helming job. Efron has been attached for some time to play a guy who falls for a woman and is willing to get beaten up repeatedly by her dangerous criminal ex in his attempt to woo her.