Casting Category

Persistence pays off! Frequet shortlist mainstay Brenton Thwaites has finally bested the competition and landed a highly coveted role. Deadline reports Thwaites has been cast in the lead role of Jonas in Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of “The Giver”, Lois Lowrys’ award-winning young adult dystopian novel. Jeff Bridges stars in the film and has been developing it for nearly 2 decades. Lowry’s dystopian novel first appears as a utopia in which the Community is tightly regulated but accepted happily by its population. When 12 year old Jonas (who will be –Read More
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has committed to starring in a new indie drama as her next project, according to Deadline. She’s currently shooting actor Chris Messina’s untitled directorial debut, and then will segue to “Faults”, the feature directorial debut of her husband Riley Stearns. The two have already collaborated on several short films. In “Faults”, riding the wave of indie pics that revolve around cults, Winstead will play a cult member whose parents try to save by hiring an expert to deprogram her. But as the expert digs deeper, he beginsRead More
This just gets better and better. Jeff Nichols is collaborating for the third time with Michael Shannon on his next project, a sci fi film which had been working under the title “Midnight Special”, and now he’s also recruited Joel Edgerton to star opposite Shannon. Variety reported the news. The film marks Nichols’ first studio film and Warner Bros is already high on Edgerton following a scene-stealing turn in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”, not to mention Shannon’s Zod in “Man of Steel.” The two high profile stars guarantee thatRead More
Yet another high profile young male role is up for grabs, with three contenders lining up to test for the lead in Matthew Vaughn’s comic book adaptation “The Secret Service”, which already has Colin Firth starring. Variety reports “Attack the Block”‘s John Boyega, “Skins”‘ Jack O’Connell and “Magic City” series star Christian Cooke have already or will shortly read for the role. Described as “James Bond meets My Fair Lady” by co-creator Mark Millar, the six-part miniseries comic book follows a ruffian from a rough London neighborhood who gets recruitedRead More
07/23 UPDATE: Wolff has been confirmed to be playing Isaac in “The Fault in Our Stars.” He lost out on the male lead role to Ansel Elgort, but looks like Nat Wolff may end up in “The Fault in Our Stars” after all. Elgort plays Augustus Waters in the highly anticipated film opposite Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster. Speaking to MTV News during promo for his newest film “Stuck in Love”, Wolff confirmed he is in negotiations for “a different role” in the Josh Boone film. It’s probably notRead More
Luke Grimes has found his partner in crime. The Wrap reports “Sucker Punch” star Emily Browning is now attached to star opposite Grimes in indie crime thriller “The Shangri-La Suite”, about a young couple who break out of a mental institution in pursuit of the boy’s dream of killing his idol, Elvis Presley. The attachment of the two young stars will hopefully secure financing for Eddie O’Keefe’s feature directorial debut. He also co-wrote the script with Chris Hutton. Browning, who’s currently filming Paul W. S. Anderson action flick “Pompeii” oppositeRead More
Rising actor Nate Parker is not taking any chances with his career. Telling THR, “I don’t want to be in the position where anyone can pull the plug on my career,” he has set up indie thriller “Eden” to produce as well as star in, and has recruited Diego Boneta and Ethan Peck to join him on screen. Parker came up with the idea for a survivalist tale about what happens to a soccer team whose plane crash-lands on a deserted island. Reminiscent of “Lord of the Flies”, the teammates’Read More
“The Wolf of Wall Street”‘s Margot Robbie, “The Lone Ranger”‘s Ruth Wilson and “Rush” actress Alexandra Maria Lara have joined WWII romantic drama “Suite Francaise”, according to Deadline. Michelle Williams stars in the adaptation of Irene Nemirovsky’s unfinished novel of the same name opposite Matthias Schoenaerts and Sam Riley. Saul Dibb is directing the film which follows Williams’ Lucille, a young French woman who is left in the care of her domineering mother-in-law when her husband goes off to war. She ends up falling for the German officer (Schoenaerts) assignedRead More
“At Any Price” breakout star Maika Monroe has landed the female lead role opposite “Downton Abbey”‘s Dan Stevens in indie thriller “The Guest”, according to The Wrap. Simon Barrett wrote the script and Adam Winegard will direct the film about Stevens’ ex-marine character, who comes back from war a changed man, and who takes advantage of the hospitality of a family whose son recently died, terrorizing them. Monroe will play Anna, who is suspicious of her family’s guest and must protect her younger brother from him. Filming is set toRead More
Keira Knightley is the latest rising actress to take creative control into her own hands by signing on to produce as well as star in her next project, an adaptation of psychological thriller novel “The Other Typist,” according to THR. Fox Searchlight picked up the rights to Suzanne Rindell’s debut novel, which was released just last month and is set in 1920s New York. Knightley will play protagonist Rose, a typist for the New York City police department. While the era of the flapper-girl unfolds around her, Rose finds herselfRead More