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Casting Roundup: Melissa Leo as Lady Bird in ‘All the Way,’ Marisa Tomei Joins ‘Empire’

Bryan Cranston’s Lyndon Johnson has found his Lady Bird, as HBO Films’ “All the Way” has cast Oscar winner Melissa Leo as the famous first lady.

The production is an adaptation of Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play, which also starred Cranston. It focuses on President Johnson’s first year as commander-in-chief. Jay Roach is directing. Earlier this week, it was announced that Anthony Mackie would play MLK in the production.

All the Way” is produced for HBO by Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions and Moon Shot Entertainment, with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey, Schenkkan and Cranston executive producing. James Degus is co-exec producing.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the casting news.

In other news about the casting of Oscar winners:

Marisa Tomei will have a recurring role in the second season of Fox’s hit “Empire.” She’ll play Mimi Whiteman, who is described as a demanding venturer who becomes the most contested asset for Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) family this season. Mimi is a Forbes list billionairess who also happens to be a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women. It is expected that her costume choices will be fabulous. Deadline Hollywood broke this news.

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