Carla Gugino Replaces Salma Hayek in Faster

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Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Sin City) has joined the cast of Faster, the George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge thriller starring Dwayne Johnson. It seems logical that Gugino is the replacement for Salma Hayek, who at the last minute (January 31st) dropped out of the project due to supposed “scheduling issues”. If so, that is definitely a step-up in terms of acting talent, but a step down in terms of star value and marketability.

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With a bunch of films scheduled to start shooting later this month and into the dregs of winter, we’re starting to get some new blasts of casting info. First up, Moon Bloodgood has a new role in Faster, the George Tillman Jr.-directed revenge drama starring Dwayne Johnson. She’ll play Johnson’s girlfriend; Johnson is “an ex-con pursued by cops and killers as he sets out to avenge his brother’s death.” Also in the cast is Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who will be one of the killers on the Rock’s trail. The trade report describes his character as “a self-made millionaire who kills for fun.” [THR]

After the break, Kevin Spacey goes to China and Paul Giamatti may work with The Visitor director Tom McCarthy. Read More »

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It’s been slow on the casting front since late December, when Hollywood pretty much shut down for the holidays. Now that everyone is back to work things are picking up slowly.

Christina Ricci has joined the cast of Bel Ami, which already stars Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman. Based on Guy de Maupassant‘s short story ‘Bel Ami,’ the film will follow George Duroy (Pattinson), a young journalist who rose from poverty to become one of the most successful men in Paris via the ruthless and calculating bedding of the city’s most glamorous and influential women. Kristin Scott Thomas is also in the cast. Filming starts next month in Paris. [Production Weekly]

After the break, new work for Maggie Grace, Salma Hayek, Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas. Read More »

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The casting news tonight is all over the place: First we have Billy Bob Thornton teaming up with Dwayne Johnson in Faster, a George Tillman Jr. (Men of Honor, Notorious) action drama vehicle. Johnson will star as Driver, an ex-con out for revengeĀ  following his brother’s murder. Thornton plays Cop, a (you guessed it) police officer tailing Driver. There’s also Killer, a hitman who’s after Driver for some reason (my god, maybe he killed Driver’s brother?!). The latter role remains uncast.

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