Casting Category

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
Miles Teller is having a killer weekend. Not only is his critically acclaimed “The Spectacular Now” opening today, now comes word via The Wrap that the rising star is one of the frontrunners for the Mr. Fantastic role in Josh Trank’s reboot of “Fantastic Four.” The trade also adds that Elizabeth Olsen is in the mix as well, presumably for the role of Sue Storm, aka Invisible Woman. While no decision has been made, Teller is rumored to be Trank’s top choice for the role of Reed Richards, the team’sRead More
Not content to save the world time and again as Captain America, Chris Evans is giving directing a shot. Before reprising his superhero role in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, he’ll make his directorial debut on romantic drama “1:30 Train”, according to Deadline. Described as being in the vein of “Before Sunrise”, Evans will also star in the film which follows two strangers who meet in Manhattan and spend one night together, as “the conflicts in their own lives become the basis for their exploration of each other and themselves.” EvansRead More
Looks like she’s taking her big break and running with it. Elizabeth Debicki was barely out of drama school in Australia when Baz Luhrmann cast her as Jordan Baker opposite Tobey Maguire in his “The Great Gatsby”, and Hollywood has clearly taken notice. Variety reports Debecki has now landed another major role in a major Hollywood production, signing on for Guy Ritchie’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” opposite fellow up and comers Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander. This is the 1960s buddy cop comedy style spy series that WarnerRead More
Vanessa Hudgens is the latest to join Sony’s monster mash-up genre flick “The Kitchen Sink”, according to The Wrap. Denis Leary is now also aboard the film which features young rising stars like Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem and Chris Zylka. Robbie Pickering is directing the film which is described as being in the vein of “Zombieland.” A group of teenagers form an unlikely alliance with monsters like vampires and zombies in order to take down an alien army. Hudgens will play a popular teenager in a small townRead More
Helen Hunt has set her second directorial vehicle since 2007’s “Then She Found Me”, and has chosen Aussie rising star Brenton Thwaites to star opposite herself, according to Deadline. Hunt also wrote the film, “Ride”, and rounded up a supporting cast that includes Luke Wilson, David Zayas, Mike White, Richard Kind, Leonor Varela and Elizabeth Jayne. Thwaites will play a 20 year old NYU student who leaves for Los Angeles for the summer. When his strong-willed magazine editor mother (Hunt) learns that he’s ditched school for surfing, she follows himRead More
“Les Miserables”‘ Eponine Samantha Barks leads a trio of actors joining Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper and Sarah Gadon in the new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, according to THR. Icelandic actor Thor Kristjansson and “Game of Thrones” child star Art Parkinson have also hopped aboard the Gary Shore-directed tale. The long-gestating project formerly titled “Dracula: Year Zero” sees Evans as a young Prince Vlad who offers up his soul to a bloodthirsty sultan in exchange for the lives of his wife (Gadon) and child, and thus becomes the world’s firstRead More
There are a bunch of Lance Armstrong movies rushing into production, but taking an early lead is the one from Stephen Frears. Deadline reports he’s already got his Armstrong, as Ben Foster is in final negotiations to take the role of the once beloved and now disgraced Tour de France champ. John Hodge wrote the screenplay, which will cover years spanning from the road cyclist’s testicular cancer diagnosis in 1996, which he triumphed over in 1997, to his seven consecutive Tour de France wins between 1999 and 2005, through hisRead More
After an extensive search that included “Attack the Block”‘s John Boyega and Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” star Jack O’Connell, director Matthew Vaughn has tapped a complete unknown for the lead role in his comic book adaptation “The Secret Service.” British newcomer Taron Egerton has landed the part and will star opposite Colin Firth in the highly anticipated Fox actioner. 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 uncleRead More
Even though Jack Huston and Toby Kebbell tried out for it, it’s James McAvoy who will be Dr. Victor Von “Frankenstein” in Fox’s new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic monster tale, according to Deadline. It’s unclear at this point how much the studio and director Paul McGuigan will be pulling from the Shelley classic novel from which this iconic tale originates. Igor – to be played by Daniel Radcliffe in this version – the hunchback assistant to the scientist is a character that was invented for the big screen. WhileRead More