Casting Category

David Cronenberg continues to build an impressive cast for his next feature, and today has added Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams and “The Killing” kid actor Evan Bird to “Map to the Stars.” The trio join previous cast members Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon for the LA-set drama. Bruce Wagner wrote the script on the long-gestating project, which involves Hollywood characters like actors, agents and managers, with both Cronenberg and Pattinson using words like weird and absurd to describe the tone of the piece. Deadline also givesRead More
Stage and screen actor Benjamin Walker has landed a major role opposite Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland in Ron Howard’s nautical actioner “In the Heart of the Sea”, according to Deadline. Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s factual retelling “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex”, Hemsworth will play a first mate aboard whaling ship the Essex, which began a journey from Nantucket bound for the South Pacific in 1819 and was rammed and sunk by a giant sperm whale, the incident that served as inspiration forRead More
James Franco will star in Wim Wenders’ 3D drama “Everything Will Be Fine”, according to THR because he just has too much spare time on his hands. Production begins in August on the film that will see Franco as a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child, and the story will follow him for the next 12 years of his life as he “looks for the footprints of the accident on his life, as well as on the life of the child’s mother.” The intimate story doesn’t soundsRead More
The most unexpected casting news of the week goes to… Andrew Garfield hasn’t committed to a film outside the franchise since becoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” back in 2010, but now he’s back in a big way. Variety reports Garfield has signed on for the lead role in Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project “Silence.” Scorsese has been trying to make the film for over twenty years, but things are finally clicking into the exact right places for him to begin shooting in June of 2014. Set in the 17th Century whenRead More
Anne Hathaway landed a big role in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”, so she can be forgiven for having to rearrange her previous schedule a bit to accommodate such an opportunity. EW reports that indeed, Hathaway’s commitment to “Interstellar” has forced her to drop Lynn Shelton’s indie comedy “Laggies”, but the film is not hurting for talent, because Keira Knightley is stepping into the lead role. The long-gestating project will see Knightley as Megan, a perpetually immature 28 year old, who responds to her boyfriend’s (Mark Webber) marriage proposal with a majorRead More
“Walk the Line” director-actor duo James Mangold and Reese Witherspoon are set to reunite on an adaptation of memoir “The Little Words”, and Amanda Seyfried is in talks to star opposite Witherspoon, according to THR. Described as a Dickens-esque tale, Ashley Rhodes-Courter’s story involves being abandoned by a teenage mother and entering the Florida foster system by the time she was three. She was shuttled between 14 foster homes, witnessing corruption and abuse along the way, but remained steely in her pursuance of an education. The film, adapted by LewisRead More
After circling Tom Hiddleston and Alexander Skarsgard, it appears “The Crow” has finally landed. Deadline reports the long-gestating gothic thriller remake has snagged British rising star Luke Evans for the lead role, who apparently had been director F. Javier Gutierrez’s first choice all along. Evans will take on the role of Eric Draven, a rock star brutally murdered while trying to protect his fiance from a gang of thugs. He is resurrected by supernatural forces and seeks revenge. The original film starring Brandon Lee – itself adapted from comics byRead More
In a pleasantly surprising twist, it seems director Rob Marshall is not chasing super A-Listers for his next big screen musical adaptation. The Daily Mail first reported that Broadway star Jamie Corden was meeting with Marshall about potentially taking a role in his upcoming “Into the Woods”, and now Showbiz 411 corroborates that the role he would take is the male lead of the Baker. Not only that, but fellow relative unknown Nina Arianda is up for the role of the Baker’s Wife, one of the female leads for theRead More
Alicia Vikander has landed and is now in negotiations for the female lead role in screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut “Ex-Machina”, according to The Wrap. Vikander had been up for the role against British actress Felicity Jones, but emerged victorious and will reunite with “Anna Karenina” co-star Domhnall Gleeson, who stars opposite Oscar Isaac. Isaac stars in the futuristic thriller as a billionaire who hires a young employee (Gleeson) to “spend a week at his remote estate and participate in a test involving his latest invention – an artificially intelligentRead More
Dayo Okeniyi, who played Thresh in “The Hunger Games”, continues to be one of the most prolific and fast-rising young actors to break out of the 2012 blockbuster. THR reports today he has landed a major role in Universal’s remake of 1980s romantic thriller “Endless Love” starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde. Wilde and Pettyfer play a pair of high school students who fall deeply in love and whose intense relationship puts her parents on edge. When they are forced to break up until the end of high school, Pettyfer’sRead More