Let’s start off this casting break with a quick one: Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth) is putting together a diamond heist movie called Brilliant, written by Blood Diamond producer Gillian Gorfil. He’s now got Eric Bana set to star. The plot follows “a small-time criminal who joins accomplished thieves in a diamond heist,” with Bana presumably playing the small-timer. I can’t say that Luketic is the most inspiring choice — I don’t expect a serious heist movie here — but Bana could be a good choice for the lead. [Variety]
After the break, Liongate wants more of what Tyler Perry’s got, and Jason Bateman goes back to the land of the indie for two films. Read More »
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It’s not a stretch, I think, to call this the ‘fan-favorite actors’ edition of casting bits. Kyle Chandler, Alexander Skarsgård and Rob Corddry all fall into that catergory, I’d say. So after the break, you’ll find:
- Kyle Chandler joins Ben Affleck’s Argo,
- Rob Corddry looks set for zombification in Warm Bodies,
- and Michael Nyqvist & Alexander Skarsgård are among the crew joining the ‘modern communication’ indie story Disconnect.
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Here’s a lovers and spouses collection of casting news, leading off with a nice change of pace report of an actor being cast as the ‘love interest’ for a major actress, rather than the other way around. After the break you’ll find:
- Matt Dillon will woo Anette Bening in Imogene,
- The Killing actress Mireille Enos joins Gangster Squad,
- Stephanie Szostak cozies up to Ryan Reynolds in RIPD,
- and some of the Jersey Shore knuckleheads appear with famous fictional whackos The Three Stooges.
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Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2011 by Angie Han
Glee star Darren Criss has landed a part in Imogene, a dark comedy by American Splendor directors Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini. The Michelle Morgan-penned script revolves around a New York playwright (Kristen Wiig) who fakes a suicide in order to get her ex-boyfriend’s attention. Instead of winning him back, however, she winds up forced to move in with her gambling-addicted “tacky Jersey Shore mother” (Annette Bening).
Criss will play “a younger love interest” who catches the eye of Wiig’s character, but let’s be real — the really intriguing bit of info here is the fact that Bening will be, as Vulture put it, “channel[ing] Snooki” to play “the mother who’s a little inappropriate all the time.” Shooting for the project will begin in New York City this summer. [ThePlaylist]
After the jump, Frank Grillo picks up two new roles on either side of the law, and Patricia Clarkson gets ready to scare the living daylights out of Ron Fucking Swanson.
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Want to see Larry David play a nun? How about a nun named Mother Mengele? Then you’ll need a ticked for the Farrelly Brothers‘ The Three Stooges. Larry David was rumored to play one of the Stooges for some time, but now he’ll be “the unfortunate nun who runs the orphanage where the Stooges grow up and learn to create mayhem.” This particular casting is the best thing about the movie so far, and has probably earned my ticket no matter what else I read or see about it.
As for the rest of the cast, Chris Diamantopoulos will play Moe, Will Sasso will be Curly, and Sean Hayes is Larry. Jane Lynch is Mother Superior, another nun at the orphanage, and Sofia Vergara plays a femme fatale. [Deadline]
After the break, Armie Hammer is attached to a new thriller and the gambling comedy/memoir Lay the Favorite gets a new man. Read More »
Movie blogs like this one run so many stories about gossip, rumor and early attachments, it’s nice to finally write one about that all important green light. A “green light” is the term for when financiers and filmmakers agree on a budget, script, cast and finally give the go-ahead to begin production. And in the realm of movies we report on, it doesn’t always happen.
We’re happy to report that though it took about a year, and we reported on it in the casting phase, The Grey, co-written and directed by Joe Carnahan, starring Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie, and Joe Anderson, has just gotten that all important green light. It’s about a group of oil-rig workers who crash and find themselves stranded on the Alaskan tundra in the presence of a group of deadly wolves. Sounds kind of like Armageddon meets Frozen. Read more about it after the jump. Read More »
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