It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
  • Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
  • and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.

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Jason Bateman has won the lead role in We’re the Millers, a stoner comedy to be directed by Rawson Thurber. The two worked together previously on 2004′s Dodgeball, which featured Bateman as spacey color commentator Pepper Brooks.

Bateman and Thurber are just the latest names to board the film, which has been in development for nearly a decade — John Morris, Sean Anders, Steve Buscemi and Bateman’s Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett have all been attached to the project at various points. Bateman seems to be on a hot streak with comedies right now, though, so here’s hoping the project actually gets made this time around.

The script follows a drug dealer who decides he wants out of the business. But before he quits, of course, he has to take one last job which involves traveling to Mexico and creating a fake family in order to smuggle 1,400 pounds of marijuana back into the U.S. I haven’t read the script myself, but based on what I’ve heard it’s sharp, dark, and very funny. [Pajiba]

After the jump, new stars for Pacific Rim and Struck by Lightning.

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Legendary Pictures did its first standalone panel today in one of the smaller ballrooms of the San Diego convention center, the idea being to show off four films that are in development. Perhaps the biggest of the projects is Pacific Rim, the movie that Guillermo del Toro signed to direct after Universal decided not to make At the Mountains of Madness.

The top cast of the film showed up for the panel along with the director: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, along with writer Travis Beacham. Guillermo del Toro confirmed that Rinko Kikuchi is in the cast as well, and said that more cast will be announced soon. They didn’t give away too much about the film – there was no concept art displayed, only a draft of a logo and one shield type icon, both seen above – but del Toro did have a few things to say about the movie.

The short recap of the director’s comments is this statement: “It is my duty to film the finest fucking monsters ever committed to the screen. And the greatest fucking robots ever committed to screen. That’s a pledge.” The slightly longer version is after the break. Read More »

We’ve got classic cops fighting notorious gangsters, giant mechs fighting notorious monsters, and a despot and his double fighting…um…the boundaries of comedy? Something along those lines. After the break, check out details of the following three recent casting breaks:

  • Giovanni Ribisi joins the impressive cast of Gangster Squad.
  • Rinko Kikuchi takes the female lead in Pacific Rim.
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We’ve got a handful of release dates to share, with the biggest possibly being Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming Pacific Rim, which, if things go well, will begin shooting late this summer or in early fall. Warner Bros. will distribute the Legendary Pictures production, and has just set July 12, 2013 as the release date. Pacific Rim is scripted by Travis Beacham and already boasts Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day in the cast. The story is “set in a future where giant malevolent creatures threaten to destroy the earth, and the planet must band together and use advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat.” [THR]

After the break, a new date for Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, and dates for the Stephenie Meyer adaptation The Host, as well as for Roman Polanski’s Carnage, Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In, and Tucker & Dale Vs Evil. Read More »

Guillermo Del Toro has his leading man for the upcoming monster vs. robot movie Pacific Rim. Deadline reports that Charlie Hunnam is in negotiations to star in the film, which will be Del Toro’s first directorial effort since 2008′s Hellboy: The Golden Army. Hunnam starred in Judd Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks follow-up Undeclared, the upcoming drama The Ledge but is best known for his role as Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy.

Pacific Rim is about an alien race attacking the Earth on either side of the Pacific Ocean and how humans create huge, advanced robots to battle them. Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. hope to have it in theaters Summer 2013 with shooting to begin in September. There’s more after the jump. Read More »

Sundance entry The Ledge, in which Terrence Howard plays a detective who is trying to talk Charlie Hunnam out of killing himself, has always seemed like one of those movies.  A known but not terribly high-powered cast; a big setup; and a story that seems to uncomfortably weave a discussion about religion into the narrative. A movie about Issues, in other words, disguised none too cleverly as a thriller. (And it isn’t Man on a Ledge; that’s a different film with Sam Worthington.) Now that there is a trailer for the IFC release, it seems even more so. Check it out after the break, but be ready to see Patrick Wilson‘s righteous religious fury stir up some trouble. Read More »

Last time we heard about the film Blackbird, it was called Kin. That was when Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde were cast as “two desperate sibling fugitives (Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde) on the run who subsequently collide with the holiday homecoming of a troubled ex-boxer (Charlie Hunnam).” The film’s name has changed, but that cast remains the same.

Now Kate Mara and Treat Williams have taken roles, playing a father and daughter who factor into the story. Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson are also on board as the parents of Charlie Hunnam’s boxer. That’s a pretty cool parent pairing; in general this is shaping up with quite the strong cast. Stefan Ruzowitzky is directing from a script by Zach Dean, and the film shoots in March in Montreal. [Variety]

After the break, a shortlist for actresses that could end up in The Trade, the film about Yankee baseball players and wife-swapping that is being written by Ben and Casey Affleck. Read More »

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