Casting Category

Joel Edgerton just joined Michelle Williams in thriller remake “The Double Hour”, but he’s not done yet. Deadline reports Edgerton has also just closed a deal to join Johnny Depp in Whitey Bulger mobster drama “Black Mass.” Depp plays famed mob boss Bulger in the Barry Levinson directed film, which chronicles Bulger’s rise and fall and capture in 2011, aided in great part by FBI agent John Connolly (Edgerton), a childhood friend of Bulger’s and his brother’s. Initially lauded for his help in Bulger’s eventual capture in Los Angeles, theRead More
Andrea Riseborough and “Homeland” star Damian Lewis have been set for UK romantic drama “The Silent Storm”, according to Screen Daily. Corinna Villari-McFarlane wrote the script and will direct the film set on a remote Scottish island. Riseborough plays a mysterious outsider caught between her commanding husband (Lewis) and a teenage delinquent. Filming is set for this summer in Scotland. Riseborough, a British rising star, was recently seen opposite Tom Cruise in sci-fi actioner “Oblivion” as well as indie thriller “Disconnect” and British actioner “Welcome to the Punch” with JamesRead More
“Hugo” co-stars Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield, along with Andrea Riseborough and German actor Christian Friedel, have signed on to star in dark fairy tale “The White Circus”, according to Screen Daily. The duo of Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, known collectively as Clyde Henry, wrote the script and will be making their feature directorial debut on the project, scheduled to shoot in Germany and Siberia in February 2014. Described as a “dark fairytale of with moments of brilliant black comedy”, “The White Circus” follows a young pilot who crash-landsRead More
Michelle Williams has found herself a co-star for the remake of “The Double Hour” that she committed to back in December. Deadline reports Joel Edgerton will play the male lead opposite Williams in the remake of the 2009 Italian thriller. The original film followed a maid and an ex-cop who meet at a speed-dating event and retreat to his place for a little privacy, only to be interrupted by robbers who appear to be in cahoots with the maid. No word on how closely the English-language remake will follow thatRead More
Too many cooks in the kitchen? Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. There are currently two films heading into production called “Chef” and it’s become a bit of a problem and lawyers are getting involved but while that’s happening, casting is underway on both. The first one we heard about was written by Steve Knight and will be directed by John Wells and stars Bradley Cooper as a disgraced Parisian chef who sobers up and returns to the scene to try to redeem his reputation with a newRead More
Abigail Breslin has landed the lead role in thriller “Peste”, which Mark Ponderai will direct from a Black List script by Barbara Marshall. Breslin will play a teenage girl confronted with a virus outbreak that spreads into her neighborhood, turning friends and neighbors into monsters. She goes into quarantine with her family in their home, but the virus soon infiltrates them as well. “Abigail is one of the outstanding talents of her generation. Her recent standout performances in genre hits like Zombieland, The Call and the forthcoming Ender’s Game makeRead More
Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” just got a little starrier and a little hunkier. THR reports Jake Gyllenhall and Chris Pine will soon be receiving offers to join the large cast of twisted fairy tale characters, joining James Corden as the Baker, Johnny Depp as the Wolf and Meryl Streep as the Witch. THR reports both Pine and Gyllenhaal sang during their auditions for the roles of Cinderella’s and Rapunzel’s Princes, who are pompous and self-absorbed and can’t quite tell their princesses apart, and while officialRead More
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is set to direct Shia LaBeouf in two-hander psychological thriller “Villain”, according to Deadline. The film was written on spec by Josh Zetumer and follows two brothers who confront their dark past and each other in an unforgiving wilderness. The other brother should be set soon, Deadline further reports. Under an earlier configuration with director David Slade, the film was to shoot in Alaska but no word if that’s still the case. LaBeouf got high marks in Cannes last year for his turn as one of threeRead More
“World War Z” screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan is set to make his directorial debut and has set Garrett Hedlund to play the lead in “Violent Talent”, according to Deadline. Toby Kebbell, upcoming “The Wolf of Wall Street” star Margot Robbie and “Four Lions” star Riz Ahmed have supporting role sin the drama. Hedlund plays Eamon in the contemporary Chicago-set drama. Eamon and his two best friends Quan and Angel (Ahmed and Kebbell) decide to build a criminal empire, believing “crime might be the most honest job around.” Robbie plays aRead More
“Saturday Night Live” has typically been quite a career launcher for comedians, and now another star is hoping to cash in. THR reports Bill Hader, who is still a current cast member, is set to star in indie comedy “Lawless”, apparently the most popular movie title of the moment. Comedy writers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, who penned Jim Carrey hit “Yes Man”, will make their directorial debut on this project. This “Lawless”, not to be confused with John Hillcoat’s violent Prohibition-era drama or Terrence Malick’s Texas-set romantic triangle drama,Read More