Casting Category

From the buzziest indie film of the year to… a “Rocky” sequel? Deadline reports “Fruitvale Station” director-actor duo Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan have found their next collaboration, and it’s certainly unexpected, at least to this writer. Coogler has been set to direct and Jordan is in early talks to star in “Creed”, a spinoff of Sylvester Stallone’s lucrative boxing franchise “Rocky.” Oh, and did I mention Sly’s going to reprise his role as Rocky Balboa? If a deal comes together, Jordan would play the grandson of Apollo Creed,Read More
Carey Mulligan has carefully plotted out one of the smartest and most impressive burgeoning careers of nearly anyone else her age, and now she adds another intriguing project to the pile. Deadline reports Mulligan is in early negotiations to star in British period piece “The Fury”, which was written by Abi Morgan, who wrote Mulligan starrer “Shame.” “Brick Lane” helmer Sarah Gavron will direct the film previously working under the title “Suffragettes.” The term refers to voting activists who championed the women’s right to vote in early 20th Century UnitedRead More
Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Punch will terrorize Anna Kendrick in Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Sondheim musical “Into the Woods”, according to Deadline. The two will play Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters, Florinda and Lucinda, respectively, alongside Christine Baranski as their equally wicked mother. Blanchard, like Kendrick, Baranski and James Corden (The Baker), took place in the reading of the screenplay back in October of 2012, though most other roles have gone to more high profile actors. In this twisted fairytale retelling, Emily Blunt plays the Baker’s wife and one half of theRead More
Indie mainstay Rosemarie DeWitt is looking to crossover into studio fare and has landed the female lead role in MGM’s remake of horror classic “Poltergeist”, according to Deadline. Gil Kenan is directing the remake and the search is now on for the male lead. Tobe Hooper directed the 1982 original which saw a family terrorized by a ghostly presence in their home, culminating in the kidnapping of their daughter. Considered one of the best films released that year and a classic of the horror genre, the film spawned two lessRead More
Rose Byrne is the latest to (maybe) join a big screen musical adaptation, with Variety reporting she is in early talks to take the role of Grace in Will Gluck’s adaptation of the classic orphan tale “Annie.” She is also up for a role in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” but budget cuts on that film could delay or cancel that deal altogether. Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis plays the little orphan Annie in Sony’s remake, with Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks, the updated version of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, and Cameron DiazRead More
British actress Imogen Poots has replaced Brie Larson in the indie comedy “Squirrel To The Nuts“, which is being produced by Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. The film, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, tells the tale of a Broadway actress/hooker and follows these two aspects of her life as they interweave and collide. Owen Wilson stars as the Broadway director who pays her for her services, before helping her to reach her dreams on the stage and leave escorting. Olivia Wilde was originally slated to star as a therapist but sheRead More
Relative unknowns – and Broadway stars – Billy Magnussen and Mackenzie Mauzy are joining Rob Marshall’s star-studded “Into the Woods” musical, according to Deadline and The Wrap. Magnussen is replacing Jake Gyllenhaal, who dropped the film in order to do a long-gestating indie that became a go. The duo will now play Rapunzel and her Prince and join a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine. The dark and twisted take on fairy tales sees a childless baker (Corden) and hisRead More
While big brother James is all over the map with his career, Dave Franco seems to have settled into a nice niche in the comedy genre. Variety reports the younger James has joined new Vince Vaughn comedy “Business Trip,” which will be directed by Vaughn’s “Delivery Man” director Ken Scott. The film has no plot details just yet, but will follow a businessman (Vaughn) who travels to Europe, where chaos ensues. But of course. Frano, who broke out opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in “21 Jump Street”, also helpedRead More
French actress Louise Bourgoin has signed up to the psychological thriller “Mojave” starring Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund. The pic will follow Hedlund’s “angst-ridden artist who tries to deal with his existential crisis by moving into the desert. There though, he meets Isaac’s homicidal drifter who happens to be his doppelganger. William Monahan will direct the film from his own script, and Deadline have no word on who Bourgoin plays. Bourgoin is a relatively unknown name in Hollywood but is a Cesar-nominated actress who is most known in France forRead More
Britt Robertson has landed the lead role of Casey Newton in Brad Bird’s highly anticipated and highly secretive “Tomorrowland” after testing for the role against Naomi Scott, according to THR. Robertson now joins a cast that already includes George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and Raffey Cassidey. An earlier logline described the film thus: “A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to saveRead More