Casting Category

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
We kinda had a feeling this was coming after the most random names were being thrown around as being in contention for the part. Rosamund Pike has gone from frontrunner to Amy Dunne herself in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl”, according to THR. She has been offered and will likely accept the role opposite Ben Affleck in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s massively bestselling novel, while Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are being eyed for supporting roles. Flynn’s twisty, turny best-seller is a satirical rumination on marriage, the media andRead More
Two unlikely names have emerged in connection with “Star Wars Episode VII”, and it’s probably too early to tell how solid this rumor is, but Latino Review is reporting Disney has been bringing up Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling very frequently in connection with the highly anticipated sequel. LR can’t pinpoint what character Efron is up for, though Gosling is in line for the role of Luke Skywalker’s son, which would make some sense since the new film, to be directed by JJ Abrams despite recent rumors, takes place 30Read More
Andrew Garfield is back. “The Amazing Spider-Man” star, who hadn’t committed to any films outside the franchise since landing that life-changing role back in 2010, has now signed on to his second project since landing the lead in Martin Scorses’s long-gestating “Silence” in May. THR reports Garfield is attached to indie drama “99 Homes”, which was written and will be directed by Ramin Bahrani. Garfield is attached to the role of a man who loses his house to foreclosure in this dire economic climate. Eventually he finds a job withRead More
James Badge Dale is one of Hollywood’s hardest working actors right now, starring in three of this year’s biggest films already – “Iron Man 3“, “World War Z” and “The Lone Ranger“. It’s definitely time that the American actor got his big break and a lead role, and maybe an indie drama can help him with that, as he joins TV actress Sarah Bolger in “Relative Stranger“, a character-driven indie drama. Variety reports that the film “follows a Civil War veteran (Badge Dale) who shows up at the home ofRead More
Chloe Moretz is out and Abigail Breslin is in for apocalyptic zombie thriller “Maggie”, according to THR. The Oscar nominee turned scream queen will play daughter to Arnold Schwarzenegger (taking over for Paddy Consindine) in Henry Hobson’s feature directorial debut. Previously vaguely reported as being about “a father’s unconditional love for his daughter” in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, we now know what exactly that unconditional love entails: Breslin’s titular Maggie begins turning into a zombie herself after being infected by the virus, with the film following her six-weekRead More
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