This is kind of a catch-all casting break, as it goes all over the map. I’d love to tie the four stories that follow to a theme beyond ‘these people are all in new movies,’ but if that theme exists, I’m afraid it escapes me now. So, after the break you’ll find:

  • Sienna Guillory appears to be confirmed to return as Jill Valentine in the fifth Resident Evil film,
  • comedian Gabriel Iglesias will spin records (or CDs, more likely) in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Olivia Wilde takes what formerly belonged to Jennifer Garner,
  • and James Hong will play Ryan Reynolds, sort of, in R.I.P.D.

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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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Steven Soderbergh‘s Magic Mike, the film based on experiences Channing Tatum had as an exotic dancer in his youth, is going forward full-steam. The film locked Alex Pettyfer early on to play a young male stripper mentored by ‘Magic’ Mike Martingano, played by Tatum. Earlier this week the film landed Matthew McConaughey and Matt Bomer as the owner of the club where the characters work, and another male stripper, respectively.

Now Riley Keough and True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello have been added. And there is a rumor that Jessica Biel could be in the cast, too, albeit one that may already be debunked. Read More »

You probably know by now that one of Steven Soderbergh‘s last pre-retirement films will be Magic Mike, written by Reid Carolin, a film about a male stripper that is partially based on actor Channing Tatum‘s experiences working as a young dancer and ‘ab and ass’ showman in Tampa, FL. (And one which has been drawing comparisons in overall structure and tone to Saturday Night Fever.)

The film has Alex Pettyfer set to play a young dancer mentored in the art of the hustle by the more experienced ‘Magic Mike,’ with Channing Tatum actually playing the title character. And now they’ll be joined by Matthew McConaughey and Matt Bomer. Read More »

Like her House Bunny co-star Emma Stone, Anna Faris is one of those actresses who has enough charm and verve to brighten up even the most lackluster material. And it’s mostly for that reason that I’m actually looking forward to What’s Your Number? The upcoming romcom features Faris as a woman who, upon realizing that she has slept with 20 men, revisits her former flames to see if “the one” might’ve been among them. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Looks like Now is really the title of Andrew Niccol‘s next film. Formerly called I’m.mortal, the film stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and a host of other young actors. Now, with film already rolling, it has added Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) and Matt Bomer to the talent roster. Read More »

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We’ve talked about What’s Your Number? a couple of times before, for a few reasons. There’s the script, which hit the 2008 Black List when it was called Twenty Times a Lady. There’s the director, Mark Mylod, who is returning to features after working on Entourage and The United States of Tara. (He made the Ali G movie, once upon a time.) And there’s the cast, which now could include Andy Samberg and Zachary Quinto alongside lead actress Anna Faris. Read More »

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I’m pretty curious about the Anthony Hopkins film The Rite, which is based upon the book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio. The book is about the real-world practice of exorcism, and the Michael Petroni script is said to be faithful to it. Hopkins will play “a priest who is an expert in exorcisms and whose methods are not necessarily traditional.”

Now Colin O’Donoghue (The Tudors) is likely to play the seminary student who is tutored by Hopkins in the rites, and finds spiritual growth in the process. Solid casting there; Mikael Hafstrom directs.[Variety]

After the break, news on The Tourist and the Anna Faris comedy What’s Your Number?
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