Casting Category

British actor Jack O’Connell has become quite a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. While he remains the front-runner for the lead role in Matthew Vaughn’s comic book adaptation “The Secret Service” opposite Colin Firth, he has landed perhaps an even bigger coup. Variety reports O’Connell has beat out some stiff competition to land the lead role in Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of “Unbroken”, based on the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini. The film was just set for a December 25th, 2014 release date, thrusting the relative unknown O’ConnellRead More
Fast-rising British actor David Oyelowohas signed on for his first lead role, and will headline indie drama “Nightingale”, according to Deadline. Elliott Lester is currently directing the film in Los Angeles, with Oyelowo in the role of Peter Snowden, who is “obsessively in love” with an old Army buddy, and who begins to downward spiral as their reunion approaches. Frederick Mensch wrote the script. Oyelowo was one of our Faces to Watch in 2012, and had quite a year indeed, with roles in Sundance winner “Middle of Nowhere”, Steven Spielberg’sRead More
Dev Patel is in early talks to join Sharlto Copley in Neill Blomkamp’s third feature, “Chappie”, according to THR. Described as a sci-fi comedy, “Chappie” is based on a short Blomkamp did called “Tetra Vaal.” While plot details on the feature – which Blomkamp also wrote – is being kept under wraps, the short revolved around robotic police force patrolling the slums of South Africa. Looks like it’s another sci-fi tinged rumination on class warfare, the theme that ties together “District 9″ and the forthcoming “Elysium” as well. Copley willRead More
Rooney Mara has committed to her first film in over a year, joining Stephen Daldry’s Third-World set drama “Trash”, according to Deadline. The film, based on Andy Mulligan’s 2010 novel, will also star Martin Sheen and a trio of newcomers: Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein, as well as Wagner Moura and Selton Mello in supporting roles. In the Richard Curtis-adapted film, Tevez, Luis and Weinstein play a trio of young teens who live in a garbage dump in an unnamed Third World country, scavenging for anything that canRead More
Alicia Vikander’s growing profile has helped fast track a long-gestating adaptation of 17th Century romance “Tulip Fever”, according to The Daily Mail. The adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s novel had almost been made back in 2003, when a new rising star named Keira Knightley nabbed the lead role of Sophia opposite Jude Law as her romantic partner. Ten years later, it’s Vikander – who seems to be in a similar on-the-verge position to a 2003-era Knightley – who will play the young wife of an aristocrat. When her wealthy husband hiresRead More
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