Casting Category

“Gossip Girl” himself Penn Badgley has been added to the cast of Shakespeare adaptation “Cymbeline,” joining Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris, reports Deadline. Hawke is reuniting with his modern-day “Hamlet” director Michael Almereyda on “Cymbeline,” which will also be updated to a contemporary setting. Shakespeare’s play loosely adapted the real life adventures of British King Cunobelinus, but Almereyda’s adaptation will be set against the backdrop of a war between dirty cops and drug-dealing bikers. Harris is playing the king, Cymbeline, whille Badgley is lining up the role of Potshumus, anRead More
Newcomers Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon have joined Helen Mirren in culinary drama “The Hundred-Foot Journey”, according to The Wrap. Lasse Hallstrom is directing the film based on the bestselling book by Richard Morais, with Steven Spielberg and Oprah on board as producers. The story follows an Indian family who moves to a small French village in the alps and stirs up the sleepy town by opening an inexpensive Indian restaurant. Unfortunately they chose a spot right across the street from Mirren’s character’s Michelin-starred high end restaurant, and aRead More
Up and coming actor Christian Madsen, who plays Al in the upcoming adaptation of “Divergent”, has landed the lead in indie drama “Prism,” according to THR. Madsen will play a young man reunited with his estranged father after 15 years. The father now has amnesia, and it’s up to the son to put back the pieces of his father’s life. Brendan Rooney and Cal Robertson wrote the script and Robertson is currently directing the film on the East Coast. Aside from “Divergent”, Madsen has done a bunch of indies, includingRead More
“X-Men” star Lucas Till and “Super 8″‘s Joel Courtney, along with 80s teen icon Ally Sheedy, have been cast in indie teen drama “Sins of Our Youth”, according to Deadline. Character details are vague, but the film follows four teenage boys who accidentally kill a younger boy while shooting off rifles. When they try to cover up the crime, things get even worse for them. Gary Entin is directing the film from a script by his brother Edmund Entin. Filming is scheduled to begin this week in and around LosRead More
One project we’ve been keeping a very close eye on is “Rodham,” James Ponsoldt’s take on a young lawyer named Hillary Clinton. We have our favorites for the role, and since Carey Mulligan won’t be playing her, when we got the chance to chat with one of our fantasy casting choices, we couldn’t help but raise the possibility. Turns out, Brie Larson is more than aware of the project. She told our own Heather Lashaway at yesterday’s junket for her upcoming film “Short Term 12″ that she “would definitely beRead More
The Wrap reports Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Cameron Monaghan are joining Philip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s “The Giver,” which already stars Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites. Lowry’s dystopian novel first appears as a utopia in which the Community is tightly regulated but accepted happily by its population. When Jonas (Thwaites) is selected, for his occupation, to be the Receiver of Memories, he experiences true emotions for the first time, the highs of happiness and the pits of despair, as well as all the horrors of history. Naturally, heRead More
Chloe Moretz has gained one very cool mom, which will make her dilemma at the heart of “If I Stay” all that more difficult. Deadline reports “The Killing” star Mireille Enos has signed on to RJ Cutler’s adaptation of Gayle Forman’s bestselling YA novel, about one teenage girl’s fight for survival. Moretz will play the role of Mia, a young classical musician with an adoring family and rocker boyfriend. When she and her entire family are in a catastrophic car accident, she finds herself on the edge of death andRead More
Miles Teller has spent much of the promotional tour for “The Spectacular Now” speaking of his desire to do a musical, and it looks like he may get just a tiny bit closer to that goal with his next project. Deadline reports Teller has signed on to star in “Whiplash”, which co-stars J. K. Simmons and which began its life as a Sundance Short Film Jury Award winner. Damien Chazelle, who also wrote the short, will direct the film set in the world of an elite music conservatory. Teller willRead More
A mix of established and up and coming actors are being eyed by Warner Bros to go up against Henry Cavill in “Man of Steel 2″, recently unveiled at Comic Con to be Batman vs Superman themed. THR reports an older, more cynical Bruce Wayne is being sought by Zack Snyder and the studio, with Josh Brolin considered the current frontrunner, though with the script still being hammered out, it’s still very early stages. Other names in the mix include Ryan Gosling, who’s also rumored for “Star Wars Episode VII”,Read More
Of all the franchises Jeremy Renner landed circa 2011 (“The Avengers”, “Mission Impossible”), only one rested heavily on his shoulders alone. He didn’t have Matt Damon to play sidekick to in “The Bourne Legacy,” which followed a new character, Aaron Cross, and the film didn’t exactly excite people to the idea of a “Bourne” franchise without Bourne, but a sequel is happening anyway, now more officially than ever. Deadline reports Universal has hired screenwriter Anthony Peckham to begin scripting the sequel that will continue to follow Cross’s journey. The firstRead More