I’d like to make this the ‘leading lady’ edition of Casting Bits, but I don’t think Caleb Landry Jones would like that very much. (Jason Segel would probably be OK with it.) Still, after the break you’ll find that two films have chosen their lead actresses, while Jones joins Jordan. Ahem. To wit:

  • Alexandra Maria Lara (above) takes the (female) lead in Ron Howard’s racing movie Rush,
  • Cody Horn will be the leading lady in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Caleb Landry Jones, aka the First Class version of Banshee, joins Neil Jordan’s Byzantium,
  • and, as a final note, Jason Segel appears to be confirmed for Judd Apatow’s This is Forty.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds featured three breakout performances by actors who were previously little-known to US audiences. Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender have gone on to very high-profile studio work, but Daniel Brühl, who played the Nazi sniper hero Frederick Zoller, has taken his time choosing Hollywood roles. (He has continued to work, doing so mostly in Europe.)

Now he is in talks for a film by a major Hollywood player — he’s looking at the role of Austrian Formula One champ Niki Lauda for Ron Howard‘s racing movie Rush. Read More »

Before Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) makes The Crow, he’ll have a film out called Intruders. We haven’t known much about it other than that it stars Clive Owen and Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds) features as a priest. Now there is a teaser trailer that makes it look like we’re in for something along the lines of a bigger-budget Paranormal Activity. And while the teaser is appropriately brief, it looks solid. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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In the wake of Inglourious Basterds, Daniel Brühl hasn’t been nearly as speedy in booking new roles as other breakouts like Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender. That might be in part because those two actors overshadowed him slightly, but Brühl’s turn as a German sniper hero was certainly impressive, and a linchpin of the film.

Now he’s got two new projects booked. Details on those, plus tales of four great actors vying for the lead in The Sweeney, after the break. Read More »

Movie Trailer: John Rabe

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Strand Releasing has released the official US trailer for Florian Gallenberger‘s historical drama John Rabe. The film tells the true-story of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the 1937 Nanjing massacre. German actor Ulrich Tukur (The White Ribbon) stars as John Rabe, alongside Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds), Steve Buscemi, Anne Consigny, Jingchu Zhang, and Teruyuki Kagawa. The film won the Outstanding Feature Film, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the German Film Awards.

The trailer is now online and embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Intacto and 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo hasn’t done much since he helmed the sequel to Danny Boyle’s zombie film. He’s been working on the feature version of the video game BioShock since last summer, but that seems to be stalled. So Fresnadillo is moving on to a horror/thriller picture called Intruders, based on a script by Jaime Marques and Nico Casariego, which will star Clive Owen and Inglourious Basterds vet Daniel Brühl. Read More »

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Imagine being director Lynne Ramsay watching Peter Jackson’s terrible version of The Lovely Bones. Ramsay made two excellent films, Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar, the latter way back in 2002, then was attached for quite some time to film The Lovely Bones. That obviously didn’t happen, but for the past year she’s been working instead on an adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver‘s novel about a troubled husband and wife dealing with the fact that their son perpetrated a murderous school shooting.

Tilda Swinton joined the cast last year, and now it is confirmed that John C. Reilly is on board to play her estranged husband. Movieline reports that the film is fast-tracked now, and will shoot in the spring. Can’t wait to see what Ramsay delivers.

After the break, a new film for Paz Vega and Daniel Brühl, and, er, some stuff about Demi Moore and Miley Cyrus. Read More »

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