Casting Category

British actor Dominic Cooper is in talks to join Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon in origin tale “Dracula”, according to Variety. Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the long-gestating project formerly titled “Dracula: Year Zero”, which 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 first vampire. There’s no word on who Cooper will play, but with the isolated nature of a character such asRead More
Fast rising Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has landed another high profile role, this time the female lead in Guy Ritchie’s reboot of spy comedy “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” starring Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer. This is the 1960s buddy cop comedy style spy series that Warner Bros has been trying to put together for the big screen for some time, with previous iterations featuring Soderbergh behind the camera, Clooney in front, etc. Cruise is taking the Napoleon Solo role, with Hammer in line for his sidekick Illya Kuryakin. The twoRead More
Matt Reeves has been directing anticipated sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” with Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Keri Russell (as well as Andy Serkis and Judy Greer motion-capturing performances as apes) for a few weeks now, but we have late breaking news that British actor Toby Kebbell is also part of the cast. The Star of Production release also gives us the first official synopsis for the film, which had been reported to be set 15 years after the events of “Rise of the PlanetRead More
British actress Lily James last week won the coveted titular role in Disney’s new live-action adaptation of “Cinderella” and now Disney have confirmed over Twitter that “Games of Thrones” actor Richard Madden has been cast as her Prince Charming. There was a long process as Disney looked for their princess, but Madden has been the only name formally announced during the casting process for her Prince, so it’s clear that he made an impression. Kenneth Branagh will be directing from a script by Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz, withRead More
Octavia Spencer will go to (custody) battle with Kevin Costner in Mike Binder’s courtroom legal drama “Black and White”, according to Coming Soon. Spencer and Costner will play warring grandparents to a bi-racial granddaughter, Eloise. While Costner has cared for the little girl since her mother (his daughter) died in childbirth, he’s now become a widower following the car crash death of his wife. As if that weren’t enough, in comes Spencer as the child’s paternal grandmother, who believes now Eloise should be put under the care of her fatherRead More
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