In this edition of Casting Bits:

  • Benicio del Toro is set to star in Oliver Stone‘s next drama, White Lies.
  • Mark Hamill joins Knightfall as it’s renewed for season 2.
  • Disney’s live-action Mulan remake adds Jimmy Wong and Doua Moua.
  • Roland Emmerich‘s Midway enlists Patrick Wilson, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Tadanobu Asano, and Keean Johnson.
  • Jesse Plemons to co-star with Keri Russell in Scott Cooper‘s Antlers.
  • Patton Oswalt joins Disney’s live-action Kim Possible movie.
  • Joel Kinnaman joins Ron Moore’s space drama at Apple.

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Don Coscarelli is back! The director of the Phantasm films and Bubba Ho-Tep may not be the most technically proficient filmmaker around, but he makes films that have an undeniable appeal. I can’t imagine how anyone who likes strange films and genre stuff wouldn’t love Coscarelli’s movies — they create their own space outside the typical horror/fantasy sphere.

And now he’s back with John Dies at the End. I’ve avoided a lot of material about this movie, and prior to watching this trailer knew only that the film features Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown and a story about a new drug and subjective reality.

After watching the teaser trailer I don’t know much more than that, but I do know that I’m very excited to see the film, which appears to be characterized by a really bizarre story and some spectacularly gooey, very practical creature effects. Check out the footage below. Read More »