This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
This isn't exactly what you asked for, but you might like Collections.checkedList(). It's not "casting" , but it creates a list that can only contain the specified type. Unless the list already contained some other type within it, in which case you'll get a ClassCastException if you try to access it.