As the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer have cast up their film adaptation of the David Mitchell novel Cloud Atlas, we’ve seen quite a few good choices being made. Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent are the major players who will embody multiple roles in the six slightly interconnected stories that make up Cloud Atlas.

That seems to account for most of the major characters, with one big exception: Sonmi~451, a clone grown to be a server in a dystopian future version of Korea. Casting a non-Korean actress is out of the question (or should be) but we haven’t heard anything until now. Seems that the team has made a good choice, as Bae Doona (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, The Host, Air Doll) has been picked to be one of the film’s most important characters. Read More »

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We had a couple of days where mid-level casting for a lot of projects was going crazy. Maybe there was something in the air; maybe casting directors and agents just all got together and had a field day. It’s been a bit slower today, but still there are a couple of items to catch up on. After the break, you’ll find info on how:

  • Robin Williams appears to be cast in Gently Down the Stream, with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon.
  • Joel David Moore (Avatar) will be in Oliver Stone’s Savages.
  • and Katie Cassidy takes the lead in Freaky Deaky. Read More »

Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski are getting ready to turn David Mitchell‘s strange multi-narrative novel Cloud Atlas into a big-budget film. It will be shot entirely in and around Berlin, and is planned as the most expensive film ever to be financed in Germany, at about $100m.

The stellar cast includes Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent, each of whom will play multiple roles — as many as six each. We have pretty good ideas about some of the roles each actor will play, but have wondered quite a bit about how the script deals with the fact that the novel features six stories that take place in different time periods. Now David Mitchell offers some very slight clarification — or, for those who’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the adaptation, possibly some confirmation of the planned strategy. Read More »

Mark and Jay Duplass have steadily moved forward from their early ‘mumblecore’ movies to slightly more mainstream fare, culminating with last year’s film Cyrus and the upcoming Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms.

Now they’ve got a new film percolating, as a script has been making the studio rounds this week. The movie is reportedly called Pitchfork (named after the standard-setting music web magazine) and the subject matter is (at least in part) the anonymity and potentially damaging reach of the internet. Read More »

Susan Sarandon Cast in ‘I Hate You, Dad’

Briefly: Adam Sandler is going to play dad to SNL’s Andy Samberg in I Hate You, Dad, and now the same movie is going to see him eventually shacked up with hot teacher Mary McGarricle, played by Susan Sarandon. Sean Anders and John Morris are directing the film, which is about ” a father (Sandler) who moves in on the eve of the wedding of his son (Samberg) and promptly begins feuding with the bride-to-be.” A few more details are after the break. Read More »

We were pretty curious and more than slightly excited when it was announced that Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen and Danny McBride would play the Beastie Boys in a short film called Fight For Your Right Revisited. The film picks up as the Beasties sneak out of the party they crashed in the 1986 ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)’ video, and then carries on along a ridiculous path of destruction and minor mayhem that, somehow, ends with two incarnations of the Beasties in a dance-off that turns into a very literal pissing match. (So, yeah, perhaps consider this one NSFW.)

The short premiered at SXSW and aired last night on MTV and Comedy Central, and now the whole thing is online. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Rosanna Arquette is about to make her first dramatic feature, Hemlock Drive, after making a couple of documentaries. The film is “about an eccentric mother in Connecticut who learns she is dying and brings her three adult children back home for a weekend.” Part of the plot involves the matriarch getting her kids to throw a living funeral, Get Low style, although it sounds like this is meant to be a bit more funny than the climactic scene in that movie.

Now Susan Sarandon is in talks to play the main character, with Adam Brody in talks for one of her kids, and David Arquette negotiating a role as a nearby bar owner. The film, written by Jennifer Carta and Mandy Steckelberg, will shoot in Louisiana in September. [The Wrap]

After the break, Julia Stiles and three more join an indie adaptation of a play, and Justin Long is one of several new additions to an indie with an unfortunate name. Read More »

When we first heard about Arbitrage, to be directed by Nicholas Jarecki (producer of Tyson, co-writer of The Informers and brother of Andrew ‘Capturing the Friedmans‘ and Eugene ‘Why We Fight‘ Jarecki) there was quite a cast lined up: Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon and Eva Green. But last month we heard that Al Pacino is no longer attached.

Now it looks like things have moved forward around somewhat, as Richard Gere has been announced as the star, and the role for which he’s set would appear to be the one previously set for Al Pacino. We don’t know if Mr. Pacino’s schedule did not work out, or if he just watched The Informers, but hopefully the same thing won’t happen with his replacement. Read More »

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