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John Michael Higgins ("Fred Claus") has joined the cast of "Yes Man," opposite Jim Carrey. Higgins reunites with director Peyton Reed, whom he worked with on "The Break-Up." Higgins will play a self-help guru who gets Carrey's character to say yes to everyone and everything. His credits include "Evan Almighty," "A Mighty Wind" and the upcoming "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story." Higgins is repped by Endeavor and Magnolia Entertainment. … Michael Bowen is set to star in the feature "The Hessen Affair," opposite Billy Zane and Noah Segan. The film, written Nicholas Meyer and based upon actual events, chronicles the exploits of American officers during World War II who smuggle a stash of German jewels into New York. Paul Breuls is directing. Bowen's credits include ABC's "Lost" and such films as "Kill Bill: Vol. 1," "Jackie Brown" and "Magnolia." He is repped by SMS Talent and Holly Shelton of Precision Entertainment. … Stephen Taylor is a believer in Spike Lee's "Miracle at St. Anna." He joins James Gandolfini and Derek Luke in the WWII drama about black soldiers trapped in an Italian village. Taylor will play a loyal U.S. Army captain who leads a suicide mission. The film is shooting in Italy and New York. He is repped by AEF and Main Title Entertainment. … Jonathan Chase is game for "Game," a Lionsgate thriller starring Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall. Chase will play Hall's henchman. Principal photography will continue through February in New Mexico. Chase next appears in the Weinstein Co.'s "Superhero!" and Fox's "All About Steve." He most recently recurred on the CW's "Veronica Mars" and just booked a guest lead on NBC's new "Knight Rider" movie/backdoor pilot. He is repped by APA and Main Title Entertainment. … Michelle Belegrin is set to star opposite Michael Jai White in the indie "Blood and Bone," directed by Ben Ramsey. Belegrin will play a woman struggling to get her life back on track. She is repped by the McCabe Group and Precision Entertainment. … Tom Lennon ("Reno 911!") has joined the cast of New Line's comedy "17." Burr Steers is directing the comedy starring Zac Efron as a middle-age father who wakes up to find he's 17 again. Lennon will play Efron's best friend. Lennon, whose credits include "Balls of Fury," is repped by CAA and Principato/Young. … Gillian Jacobs is stepping into "The Box," Richard Kelly's thriller starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden. Jacobs will play the babysitter in the movie about a couple who receive a small box that, in the push of a button, brings instant wealth but also instant death. Jacobs is repped by UTA, JiIl Kaplan at Principal Entertainment and attorney Jamie Feldman.
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