Deadline reports that Ty Simpkins, best known as “that kid who miraculously wasn’t obnoxious in Iron Man 3,” has snagged a lead role in the film, which is now set for a June 12, 2015 release date. Deadline also hears that Jake Johnson, star of Fox’s New Girl and the recent VOD hit Drinking Buddies, is in the mix for a lead role, but can’t get confirmation from the studio. Johnson also starred in director Colin Trevorrow’s breakthrough hit Safety Not Guaranteed, so it’s not hard to imagine the director would want to bring in his buddy on his big-budget adventure.

The only other human name that’s been connected to a role in the film is Bryce Dallas Howard, who was rumored for a lead role back in September but also hasn’t been confirmed. ” — cinemablend

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