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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Here’s one of several casting breaks to come your way in the next few hours, and this one is pretty damned good. Why? Because after the break you’ll find info on the following:
- Nick Nolte takes a role in hard-boiled crime thriller Parker.
- Jesse Eisenberg plays dopplegangers in The Double.
- And Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried join the increasingly promising FBI vs magicians thriller Now You See Me. Read More »
Briefly: Casting has been coming together quickly for Parker, which Taylor Hackford is directing with Jason Statham starring as the classic Richard Stark anti-hero. (As previously played on screen by Lee Marvin, Mel Gibson and others.) Jennifer Lopez is in talks for a key role, and Clifton Collins Jr. and Wendell Pierce signed to play other small roles. Now Deadline says that Michael Chiklis will play “Jason Statham’s nemesis” in the film. Word is that the John J. McLaughlin script jumps off from a number of Stark’s novels to create a new story. The debut novel The Hunter (’62)and later novel Flashfire (’00) are said to be part of the ingredient list.
Parker shoots in August.
After the long Fourth of July weekend we don’t have a lot of news on the casting front, but there are a few good stories to share, and they’re all in a similar vein. Today, the theme is crime pictures. After the break you’ll find info on the following:
- John Malkovich is taking the lead in Siberian Education, which chronicles the culture of crime in a small community near the Ukraine.
- Parker, the new screen version of Richard Stark’s classic crime character, gets two supporting players.
- And French film The Lookout casts Daniel Auteuil as a cop out to catch a sharpshooter who ruined a well-laid police plan. Read More »
Terry George, who wrote and directed Hotel Rwanda and Reservation Road and wrote In the Name of the Father, has roped in Brendan Fraser to star in the comedy heist film Whole Lotta Sole. The film is written by Mr. George and Thomas Gallagher, and follows “a young man robbing a fish shop in order to pay off a gambling debt; the heist goes terribly — and humorously — awry when it turns into a hostage situation.” Yep: robbing a fish shop.
Brendan Fraser is not the young man; he’s the shopkeeper. (But he is trying to elude his father in law, a gangster.) He can be a solid actor, when not being called upon to mug and grimace in family adventures. No idea how this one will turn out, but we’ll keep a lookout for the actors chosen to play the robber and gangster father in law. [Variety]
After the break, Clifton Collins, Jr. faces the supernatural and Hayley Atwell books an odd gig. Read More »
Entertainment Weekly has out first (or last?) glimpse of the 12-minute Lost epilogue “The New Man in Charge” that will be included on the Series Finale DVD/Blu-ray set. Actor Michael Emerson reveals that “Ben is going around to Dharma installations and closing some down. There are some good surprises.” And yes, ”it does answer questions.’”
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UPDATE: You might not have looked closely at the logos at the end of the trailer, but Anne Thompson reports that the new company Apparition has picked up the film for distribution. That’s how you’ll see it (or not) on October 30. Please, spend a few moments considering that the same company is releasing this, Black Dynamite and new movies from Jane Campion and Terrence Malick. Makes my brain hurt. Original article follows.
You might have seen Dave Chen’s video from the Boondock Saints II: All Saint’s Day panel at Comic Con, where the reaction of the fans to the trailer reveal was as loud and insane as Twilight fans seeing new footage from their chosen series. Given the hatred levied at Twilight and that fanbase at Comic Con, the irony there is delicious. Now the Boondock Saints II trailer is online and you can see the phenomenon for yourself. Or is it a phenomenon at all? Read More »
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In this special bonus episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen and Devindra Hardawar chat with the incredibly talented Clifton Collins Jr. about his illustrious film career, some of his favorite roles, and his exciting future projects. During this episode, we learned what it feels like to beat up James Van Der Beek, why he changes his name from Clifton Gonzales Gonzales, what it’s like to lose a bunch of weight in an extremely short period of time to prepare for a boxing role, what the mood was on the set of Star Trek, and also, who can play dead better: Clifton Collins Jr. or Samuel L. Jackson? Hit the jump to hear all about it!
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