Casting Category

Have we mentioned yet how insane Adam Driver’s career is? Because it just got even more insane. Variety is now reporting that the “Girls” star is nearing a deal to play the villain in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” said to be “in the vein of Darth Vader.” His deal hasn’t officially closed yet, but it sounds like it’s getting closed, as the trade is confident enough to say he’s the first cast member unveiled for JJ Abrams’ sequel to the most popular sci-fi franchise of all time. Driver’s name hasRead More
“Captain Phillips” breakout star and newly minted Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi has lined up his next project, with THR reporting the Somalia born actor is in talks to headline “The Place that Hits the Sun,” a historical drama about South African marathoner Willie Mtolo.Read More
Lily Collins
Lily Collins, 24, is in negotiations to star in the Christian Ditter-directed and Drew Barrymore-produced romantic comedy “How to Be Single,” according to a report by Variety. “How to Be Single” is based on the 2008 Liz Tuccillo novel, which follows a 37-year-old book publicist in New York who organizes a single girls’ night out after her husband leaves her for a samba teacher. This leads her to quitting her job and traveling the world to see how women deal in her situation. Considering the fact that Collins is obviouslyRead More
Aussie actor Luke Bracey has seemed to be on the verge of landing a high profile role for a couple of years now, and it seems he may have finally found it. Variety reports Bracey will play Johnny Utah, the role originated by Keanu Reeves, in the “Point Break” remake, which already has Gerard Butler in the role of Bodhi, originated by Patrick Swayze in the Kathryn Bigelow original. Now Bracey will take over the role of the rookie FBI agent who’s tasked with infiltrating a tight-knit group of surfersRead More
In some of the least surprising casting news this year, Londoner Tom Hardy looks set to play both notorious London gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray in crime thriller “Legend,” according to Screen Daily. “The Dark Knight Rises” star is currently in negotiations to headline the film as the infamous, identical twins, who carved a bloody path through London in the ’50s and ’60s with their gang The Firm. “Legend” is being written and directed by Brian Helgeland, whose previous credits include stand-out crime adaptation “L.A. Confidential” and “Mystic River,” whichRead More
Bradley Cooper’s movie roles sure are… patriotic. THR reports Cooper is attached to produce and star in a crime thriller called “American Blood,” based on the forthcoming book by Ben Sanders. Andrew Sodroski is adapting the screenplay for the big screen, and Cooper will play Marshall Grade, “an NYPD officer-turned-mob-informant, who, while living in the witness protection program in New Mexico, is pulled into a dangerous investigation involving a missing woman.” “American Blood” is seen as the first in a potential series of books, which means there’s franchise potential here.Read More
Poor Meg just can’t catch a break. According to Deadline, Mila Kunis is out and Amanda Seyfried is in as the female lead of Seth MacFarlane’s sequel to last summer’s hit raunchy teddy bear comedy “Ted.” There are no plot details yet, but it will follow the continuing adventures of John (Mark Wahlberg) and his foul-mouthed, immature best friend, who’s his talking childhood teddy bear, now all grown up. In the first film, Kunis played Lori, John’s longtime girlfriend who had finally had enough of the childish antics of herRead More
Warren Beatty’s long-gestating untitled biopic on Howard Hughes is moving forward again, but has had a significant makeover. Felicity Jones is out, and Lily Collins is in, according to Deadline, for the female lead role, while Alden Ehrenreich has landed the young male lead. The previous incarnation with Beatty as Hughes had Jones playing a young woman who develops a relationship with the young man who serves as Hughes’ chauffeur, before falling for Hughes himself instead. There were rumors that the plot has changed somewhat, but the Deadline report stillRead More
Kevin McHale
Kevin McHale, 25, has landed a role alongside Dustin Hoffman, Sissy Spacek and Kathy Bates in François Girard‘s “Boychoir,” it was announced today. “Boychoir” follows Stet (newcomer Garrett Wareing), a troubled 11-year-old boy from Texas who enrols in the American Boychoir School after the death of his single mother. He finds himself “in a battle of wills” with the school choir’s demanding music director (Hoffman), who pushes him to “discover his creative heart and soul in music.” Boy choristers from Princeton, New Jersey’s the American Boychoir School are set beRead More
It was probably only a matter of time before Jack O’Connell ended up headlining his own franchise. He’s close to having his first crack at it now, as The Wrap reports the “Unbroken” star has been set to play the younger lead role in Universal’s “Section 6,” the spec script they won out over other studios last year and which they hope will launch a franchise. Aaron Berg wrote the script which is a historical thriller set at the turn of the 20th century, and follows Sir George Mansfield Smith-Cumming,Read More