Casting Category

Benedict Cumberbatch is out (to do “Star Wars” or just “The Lost City of Z”?) but “Crimson Peak” is getting an upgrade as Tom Hiddleston is now in talks to replace him, according to Variety. Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam are also set to star for Guillermo del Toro. The film is set for a February 2014 production start, with Wasikowska in the role of a young writer named Edith who discovers her new husband is not who he appears to be. Stepping into Cumberbatch’s shoes, Hilddeston willRead More
Some know him as Conan the Barbarian, while others know him as Khal Drogo but there’s a new name for Jason Momoa – “Kane”.  Momoa will direct as well as star in the film, according to THR, which is a tale “of an alcoholic former boxer, who turns to Detroit’s illegal fighting circuit to pay for his ex-wife’s medical treatment.  Once in the lucrative underground fighting scene Kane must face old demons and defeat a merciless rival from his past if he is to save his family and reclaim hisRead More
It seems like the Bard is suddenly hot again. Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” Carlo Carlei’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the currently filming modern day adaptation of “Cymbeline” and not one but two versions of “Macbeth” on the way. There’s the one we already know about, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, and now there’s “Enemy of Man,” a “reworking” of the classic tragedy with Sean Bean and “Harry Potter” alum Rupert Grint on board to star. “Although 400 years old, Shakespeare’s work feels truly contemporary,” director Vincent Regan tellsRead More
Upgrade! Johnny Depp is out and Joel Edgerton is in for Depp’s long-gestating adaptation of “Shantaram,” according to Deadline. Depp will stay on as a producer and personally courted the rising Aussie star to take his place in front of the camera. Edgerton will play a guy clearly competing against Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie’ “Unbroken” for Biggest Overachiever. An Australian heroin addict who escapes from a maximum security prison, “Shantaram”‘s Lin was once thought to be a thinly veiled fictional avatar for the novel’s author, Gregory David Roberts. AfterRead More
Dane DeHaan is set to portray a Hollywood icon in his next film, with Robert Pattinson as a photographer documenting him in “Life,” according to Screen Daily. DeHaan will play James Dean and Pattinson photographer Dennis Stock in the film to be directed by Anton Corbijn. “Life” follows the friendship between the two men that developed after Stock was commissioned to photograph Dean on a road trip for a feature in Life magazine. Luke Davies wrote the screenplay and filming in Canada is set to begin February 2014 (which shouldRead More
Matthew Vaughn has handed the young female lead role in his big budget blockbuster comic book adaptation “The Secret Service” to a completely unknown actress named Sophie Cookson, according to Variety. He already did the same with the male lead, which will be played by Taron Egerton. 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 (Edgerton) who gets recruited by his uncle (Colin Firth) to join a British spy school that trains youngRead More

Posted On September 4, 2013By Linda GeIn Casting

“Poltergeist” Remake Haunts Nicholas Braun

Rising comedic actor Nicholas Braun is the latest to join the remake of horror classic “Poltergeist”, according to The Wrap. Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam Rockwell play the leads in the new film, with Jared Harris and Kyle Catlett in supporting roles. 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 less successful sequels. TheRead More
Rosemaire DeWitt continues to land more mainstream and prestige roles, with Jason Reitman now eyeing the indie actress for his next film, an adaptation of novel “Men, Women and Children.” DeWitt is in good company, as other actors in discussions to join the cast include Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner and Cameron Diaz. Chad Kultgen’s novel follows families of junior high students having their sexual awakening in the internet era. But the teens aren’t the only ones going through “sexual pressures.” Adult characters include the strict mom trying to keep herRead More
Sixteen year old newcomer Odeya Rush has landed a lead role in Jeff Bridges’ long gestating adaptation of Lois Lowry’s “The Giver,” according to Deadline. Bridges stars as the titular Giver, with Brenton Thwaites in the lead role of Jonah. Phillip Noyce directs. 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 happinessRead More
British actor Jamie Blackley has landed the male lead role and will play Adam Wilde opposite Chloe Moretz as Mia Hall in RJ Cutler’s adaptation of YA novel “If I Stay,” according to Deadline. Moretz’s Mia is a young classical musician with an adoring family and rocker boyfriend (Blackley). When she and her entire family are in a catastrophic car accident, she finds herself on the edge of death and having an out of body experience. She watches as her boyfriend, friends and family gather by her bedside and mustRead More