Casting Category

This long-gestating crime thriller has just gone through another makeover. Jason Clarke had previously been attached to “Candy Store,” replacing Chris Hemsworth, and now it appears Clarke is out too, and Matthias Schoenaerts is in. French actor Omar Sy is still in, as is Robert De Niro, and the Stephen Gaghan-directed film has added Keira Knightley as the female lead as well. The production, along with unveiling the final cast, has also revealed the official synopsis: DAVIS (Robert DeNiro) is a veteran NYPD detective whose partner is kidnapped during aRead More
So much for that “very international and multi-racial” world Joe Wright wanted to create for his “Peter Pan” prequel “Pan.” Variety reports the director has found his young Peter and like most of the other actors playing the major characters, young Levi Miller is very much of the Caucasian race. Hugh Jackman plays Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund plays Hook and perhaps most egregious of all, Rooney Mara has been tapped to play Tiger Lily. And despite Adeel Akhtar as Smee, Wright’s running out of characters to cast with a little diversity,Read More
“Community” actress Alison Brie has landed a spot in the latest Will Ferrell comedy “Get Hard,” reports Deadline. The film follows Ferrell as an investment banker that is convicted of a crime he didn’t do, but decides to toughen up for prison by seeking guidance from the man who cleans his car. Brie is set to play Ferrell’s fiancee. Kevin Hart will also star in the Ethan Coen scripted flick which will be release in March 2015. As well as her spot on “Community,” Alison Brie recurs on “Mad Men” as Trudy Campbell.Read More
From “The Tree of Life” and “Mud” to… “Scouts vs Zombies”? According to THR, this is indeed the career trajectory of breakout young actor Tye Sheridan, who’s clearly going a little more lowbrow for his next project, not that there’s anything wrong with that! “Scouts vs Zombies,” purported to be Sheridan’s first studio movie, follows three high school Boy Scouts who have to utilize their learned skills in a real life emergency – vicious zombies have overtaken their town. Is there a badge for that? Sheridan plays the “budding honorsRead More
Historical romantic drama “Brooklyn” continues to assemble a cast of great rising stars, and today adds “Arrow”‘s Felicity Smoak herself, Emily Bett Rickards, to the cast. Saoirse Ronan leads the pack, flanked by Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen as the young men vying for her affections. Ronan plays Ellis Lacey, a young Irish woman who emigrates to the New York borough for employment, then falls for Cohen’s American boy Tony. Upon a return trip to her homeland, she also becomes attached to Gleeson’s Jim, creating a love triangle in whichRead More
It was only a matter of time before newly minted Oscar winner (and fashion icon, and America’s newest sweetheart) Lupita Nyong’o became in demand for something a little bigger than “12 Years a Slave.” Well, it can’t get much bigger than “Star Wars: Episode VII” can it? Latino Review reports the Oscar winner could be very close to signing on for a lead role in the new franchise which has Adam Driver attached in a villainous capacity thus far. The role she is up for is not one of theRead More
A couple of days ago we reported that Olivia Cooke, of “Bates Motel” fame, will appear in the coming-of-age film, “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl”. Now, it appears she has a co-star. That co-star being “Project X” star Thomas Mann, according to The Wrap. “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” follows a high school student (Mann) who unwillingly befriends a sick girl (Cooke), but in the end, the friendship changes both of their lives for the better. I think chemistry is a key part to this film.Read More
From one spy thriller to another. Naomie Harris, who originated the Miss Moneypenny role in “Skyfall” for the Daniel Craig-led reboot of the James Bond franchise, is in final negotiations to play the female lead in John le Carre adaptation “Our Kind of Traitor,” according to The Daily Mail. Ewan McGregor has the male lead in the Susanna White directed adaptation. The two stars play a husband and wife duo who are drawn unwittingly into international politics when they entangle themselves with a Russian guy named Dima (Stellan Skarsgard), whoRead More
Justin Chadwick’s adaptation of 17th century romance “Tulip Fever” keeps building an awesome cast, and today, according to Daily Mail, it’s added Jack O’Connell to join Alicia Vikander, Dan DeHaan, Holliday Grainger and Christoph Waltz. Vikander has the female lead role of Sophia, the young wife of an aristocrat in the long-gestating adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s novel. When her wealthy husband hires an artist to paint their portrait, Sophia falls for the artist instead. The story is set against the backdrop of tulipmania in Amsterdamn as the two forbidden loversRead More

Posted On March 14, 2014By Alyssa PandoIn Casting

Adeel Akhtar Cast as Smee in Joe Wright’s ‘Pan’

TheWrap reports that Adeel Akhtar, star of “Four Lions,” has been tapped to play the character Smee in Joe Wright’s “Peter Pan” prequel, “Pan.” In this origin story, we find out how the legendary lost boy found Neverland in the first place, and what he went through to become the Peter Pan we all know and love. It’s also reported that Wright is attempting to create a multi-racial and diverse Neverland, and casting Akhtar as Captain Hook’s right-hand man is a step in the right direction. However, with Hook played by Garrett Hedlund andRead More