Michael Fassbender has been very busy for the last couple years, but his schedule is looking very thin for 2012. The actor has only one role booked that we know of: a supporting part in his Hunger and Shame director Steve McQueen’s new movie Twelve Years a Slave. He’ll be in the sequel to X-Men: First Class, but that is yet to be written and greenlit.

But Fassbender hasn’t been resting on his laurels. (Not entirely, anyway, even if after the last couple years he deserves a break.) The actor is plotting a film about Cuchulain, or more properly CĂș Chulainn or CĂșchulainn, the legendary Celtic warrior hero. He and screenwriter Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies) are developing the film, with Fassbender planning to play the central role. Read More »

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The long Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us, and between that and the Venice and Telluride film festivals, it seems like a lot of Hollywood has shut down in anticipation of the last relaxing days of summer. But we’ve got a few new casting bits to throw your way regardless. After the break,

  • Ed Helms will remake a French pimp comedy,
  • Paul Dano is among the cast additions to Kelly Reichardt’s new film Night Moves,
  • The unlikely duo of Stephen Dorff and Steve Coogan are in an adaptation of the novel The Catastrophist,
  • and found footage film Evidence gets new players.

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Public Enemies screenwriter Ronan Bennett is taking on a potentially loaded project. He’ll adapt Dean King‘s book Skeletons on the Zahara, which tells the story of twelve American sailors who into submit themselves into slavery in Africa after being shipwrecked, hoping that as slaves they’ll be given enough sustenance to survive. Read More »

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