February 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
It appears shortlist stories are becoming more unreliable and obsolete by the hour because another high profile project has cast its lead, and it’s someone who was not previously reported to be in contention. Deadline reports Marvel has found its lead for “Guardians of the Galaxy” in “Moneyball” and “Zero Dark Thirty” star Chris Pratt.
Pratt beat out the likes of Joel Edgerton, Eddie Redmayne, Jim Sturgess and Zachary Levi for the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, the leader of the intergalactic superheroes. James Gunn will direct the Marvel Phase 2 film this summer for a scheduled August 1, 2014 release. Pratt is the second alumn of The WB series “Everwood” to land a major Marvel role. Last week Emily VanCamp landed the female lead in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Abbotts FTW!
Aside from “Everwood”, Pratt is currently a regular on NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation” but has been branching out to dramatic big screen roles, the most current being a reluctant baseball player in Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” and a Navy SEAL in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” Both films received Best Picture Oscar nominations. He recently wrapped up comedy “The Delivery Man” opposite Vince Vaughn.
February 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s been a long-fought battle but it looks like a victor is finally emerging in the quest to become Chris Evans’ newest leading lady in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Deadline reports the role is going to Emily VanCamp, best known for her current starring role on ABC series “Revenge.”
VanCamp came as a surprise to those of us who have been following this casting process, as her name had never appeared on any of the previous shortlists, and she has landed the role over a plethora of some of the hottest rising film actresses right now, including Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, Imogen Poots, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Teresa Palmer. The character still has not been officially confirmed but is largely expected to be Sharon Carter, relative of Steve Rogers’ first love in “Captain America: The First Avenger”, Peggy (played by Hayley Atwell). Filming on the sequel under the direction of Joe and Anthony Russo will begin on April 1st. Evans, Scarlet Johansson and Sebastian Stan are returning to reprise their roles, while Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time.
VanCamp is a TV actress through and through, earning recognition on TV series from “Everwood” to “Brothers and Sisters” to her current gig on “Revenge”, which is now in its second season. With the boost this role will surely add to her profile though, she may find herself a little bit busier during hiatuses in the future.
December 13, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
In unexpected news of the day, it appears Chris Pratt, the loveable, hapless oaf that has endeared audiences of TV like “Everwood” and “Parks and Recreation”, is taking a drastically different turn with his next project. Twitch Film reports today Pratt is now in negotiations to join the cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s long-gestating Navy SEAL drama, “Kill Bin Laden.”
Twitch further reports that Pratt is up for “the lead role”, which is yet another puzzler in the confusing casting history of this film since, after Joel Edgerton dropped out, he was apparently replaced by fellow Aussie and “Great Gatsby” co-star Jason Clarke in the lead role. Certainly, there will be more than one lead male role in the film, and it’s unclear if Pratt is now replacing Clarke or there’s room for them both. Still in the rumored stage are previously reported names like Tom Hardy, Rooney Mara, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Ehle, Idris Elba and Nina Arianda. But casting should firm up fast as Bigelow is now eyeing a February start date for the production.
Audiences first took notice of Pratt when he played goofball big brother Bright Abbott on the critically acclaimed but short-lived WB series “Everwood” and is perhaps most well known currently as the equally goofball office worker Andy on NBC’s hit comedy “Parks and Recreation.” On film, as well, he has tended towards the comedic, with roles in “Bride Wars”, “What’s Your Number?” and next year’s “Five Year Engagement.” However, this year he took a turn for the dramatic when he played Scott Hatteburg, one of Brad Pitt’s underdog baseball players in Bennett Miller’s Oscar hopeful “Moneyball.” Even with that supporting role under his belt, suffice to say “Kill Bin Laden” would be quite a departure for Pratt, and – as much as we love him doing the comedy thing – an opportunity that should open him up to even more diverse roles.