Transformers: Dark of the Moon isn’t the only movie releasing this week that takes place in a strange alternate fantasy America. In Larry Crowne, the second film directed by Tom Hanks, the giant robots and exaggerated douchebaggery of Michael Bay’s creation are replaced by the giant personalities and megawatt smiles of Hanks and Julia Roberts. They are two of the quirky goofs that populate a community college in Anytown, USA, and Larry Crowne is the mild and wholly unconvincing story of how they find one another amidst clouds of emotional and economic depression as wispy as blockbuster movie logic. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
Derek Cianfrance‘s been collecting quite a solid cast for his next project, the “Deer Hunter meets The Godfather” crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines. Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes are already on board, with Greta Gerwig circling another part. Now the latest addition to his cast is Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn, who along with Joel Edgerton and Jacki Weaver has been enjoying a nice (and well-deserved) career boost from the success of last year’s Animal Kingdom.
The Place Beyond the Pines focuses on a multi-generational feud sparked by an encounter between Gosling’s character, a pro motorcycle rider who turns to bank robbing to support his family, and Cooper’s character, a cop. Mendes will co-star as Gosling’s love interest, while Gerwig is up for the role of Cooper’s wife. Mendelsohn is in negotiations to play Robin Van Der Zee, a mechanic who pulls Gosling into his bank robbery operation. After watching his terrifying, riveting turn as Hawaiian-shirted uncle Pope in Animal Kingdom, I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with this part.
The Place Beyond the Pines will begin shooting July 25th in Schenectady, NY. [Variety]
After the jump, new parts for Josh Pence (again), Toby Hemingway, and Nia Vardalos.
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Update: Most slots are now filled – and one of them not by the actor we originally assumed…
Tom Hanks has used a Twitpic to unveil some previously unannounced members of the cast for Larry Crowne, his upcoming sophomore effort as writer-director. That’s the picture at the head of this story. Can you descry each and every one? I certainly can’t.
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