Casting Call: Jon Stewart's huge HBO deal, Priyanka Chopra's voice work and more

It's a good day to be Jon Stewart, who's going steady with HBO for the next four years. Joshua Jackson is heading to Broadway for the first time in the racially charged Smart People, while Nicole Kidman is in talks to return to the superhero arena with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in the 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman. Priyanka Chopra traded her FBI training gear for a behind-the-scenes role lending her voice to PETA's fight for elephants. Finally, in the animated world, Key & Peele are dipping their toes in the stop-motion waters.

JON STEWART GOING DIGITAL WITH HBO
After bidding The Daily Show adieu, Jon Stewart was thought to be taking some time for himself, but it seems the political pundit will be bringing his sharp humour to HBO, where he's inked a four-year deal according to TVLine. First up? Short, digital pieces for HBO NOW and HBO GO, focussed on current affairs. “He graced our network nearly 20 years ago," said HBO President Michael Lombardo, "so we’re thrilled to welcome back his immense talents in this next chapter of his career.”

Nicole Kidman may join the cast of Wonder Woman. Photo: © Getty Images

NICOLE KIDMAN JOINING WONDER WOMAN
Nicole Kidman may be making her grand return to the world of superheroes, as TheWrap reports that she is in talks to join the cast of Wonder Woman. Chris Pine and Gal Gadot are already confirmed for starring roles, with the film is set to hit theatres in the summer of 2017. Nicole's last comic book role was in Batman Forever, and her next release is The Secret In Their Eyes, opposite Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

PRIYANKA CHOPRA LENDS HER VOICE TO ANIMALS
Priyanka Chopra may play a tough FBI recruit on TV's favourite new thriller, Quantico, but the Bollywood star is taking on a gentler role for PETA's latest campaign: that of a life-size mechanical elephant. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the massive robot named Ellie will share an account of her life with students in the US, Europe and India, from her terrible experiences in the circus to her happy ending at a sanctuary. "Ellie and I are teaching kids that elephants belong in the wild with their families, and that they suffer greatly in captivity," says Priyanka.

JOSHUA JACKSON HEADS TO THE STAGE
In an off-Broadway production of Smart People, helmed by Tony-winning director Kenny Leon, The Affair star Joshua Jackson is taking on a starring role opposite Mahershala Ali (House of Cards), Anne Son (My Generation) and Tessa Thompson (Selma), says Variety. The story is set on the eve of President Obama's first election, looking at race and the social politics that ensnare four Harvard Intellectuals. Joshua has previously appeared on London's West End stage in David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre. Smart People opens on Feb. 11 at Second Stage Theatre.

KEY & PEELE TACKLE STOP-MOTION
Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, the hilarious duo behind the sketch comedy series Key & Peele, are swapping mediums to explore the world of stop-motion animated film, says Variety. Joining forces with Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline), the trio will helm Wendell and Wild, which follows the exploits of two demons who just happen to be brothers, and their battle against a nun and her two teen goth helpers. Jordan and Keegan-Michael have both done animated work in the past.

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