March 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Girls” star Adam Driver’s big screen takeover continues. THR reports Driver is in talks to join Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Kathryn Hahn and Corey Stoll in Shawn Levy’s family comedy “This is Where I Leave You”, in a role originally earmarked for Zac Efron. Scheduling with the film and his commitment to “Girls” may be an issue , so this is not a done deal just yet.
Levy took over directing duties for Adam Shankman (who remains as a producer) and is assembling a new cast around Bateman’s Judd, a sad sack kinda guy who recently lost his wife due to infidelity with his boss and whose father has just died. The father’s dying wish was for his surviving family to sit Shiva for the full seven days after his passing. This means all four siblings (Bateman’s Judd, Fey’s Wendy, Stoll’s Paul and much younger brother Philip, originally to be played by Efron but now taken over by Driver) plus their mother (Fonda) are trapped together for a week as all sorts of secrets are spilled and shenanigans go down. Hahn plays Bateman’s unfaithful wife, while the search continues for Penny, Judd’s old high school crush.
Driver is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013, for obviously very good reason. After a small role in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated “Lincoln”, in 2013 he’ll continue to make his mark on the indie scene with roles opposite Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha”, which charmed festival audiences last year, as Daniel Radcliffe’s best friend in rom com “The F Word”, and opposite Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” He’s also completed filming on Australian outback drama “Tracks” opposite Mia Wasikowska and most recently landed his first starring role in indie comedy “Coward.”
March 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The newly revived family dramedy “This is Where I Leave You” continues moving full steam ahead and dare we say it, with an even better cast than the original? Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda are already on board and now Variety reports Corey Stoll has signed on as well to the adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel.
Shawn Levy took over directing duties for Adam Shankman (who remains as a producer) and is assembling a new cast around Bateman’s Judd, a sad sack kinda guy who recently lost his wife due to infidelity with his boss and whose father has just died. The father’s dying wish was for his surviving family to sit Shiva for the full seven days after his passing. This means all four siblings (Bateman’s Judd, Fey’s Wendy and Stoll’s Paul, plus much younger brother Philip, originally to be played by Zac Efron) plus their mother (Fonda) are trapped together for a week as all sorts of secrets are spilled and shenanigans go down. In addition, Judd deals with his soon-to-be-ex wife (likely to be played by Kathryn Hahn) and an old high school crush (Levy and Bateman are choosing between several too-young candidates).
Stoll, who stole our hearts with his spot-on Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”, recently did it again with a tour de force performance as troubled Congressman Peter Russo in Netflix series “House of Cards.” He recently premiered comedy “C.O.G.” at Sundance and has wrapped up shooting on Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop” as well as indie “The Glass Chin.”
June 18, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Lee Daniels has had his eye on Alex Pettyfer for a while. He wanted to cast him in “The Paperboy” over a year ago, but scheduling ultimately couldn’t be worked out and the role, for better or worse, went to Zac Efron. Now it appears the time is right for the actor and director to finally work together, as Deadline reports Pettyfer has joined the all-star cast of Daniels’ next, “The Butler.”
Pettyfer will play the supporting role of Thomas Westphall amongst a cast that already includes Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Oprah Winfrey, Minka Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrance Howard, and Lenny Kravitz. Whitaker plays Eugene Allen, the White House butler who started out as an entry level “pantry man” in pre-Civil Rights 1952 to serving eight presidents over 30 years and witnessing firsthand such historical events as the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy. Pettyfer’s Westphall “appears early in the life of Forest Whitaker’s character and has a pivotal influence on the rest of that character’s life.” Filming begins in mid-July.
Pettyfer, who gained fame and notoriety from teen fare like “I Am Number Four” and “Beastly”, will soon be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s LA Film Festival closer “Magic Mike”, and is committed to indie thriller “Diamond Dogs.”
May 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jesse Williams is the latest actor to join the ever-growing ensemble cast of “Precious” director Lee Daniels’ next project, historical political drama “The Butler.” According to Deadline, Williams is in negotiations to join a cast that already includes Forest Whitaker, Hugh Jackman, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Jane Fonda and Liam Neeson.
Based on Wil Haygood’s 2008 Washington Post story “A Butler Well Served by This Election”, the story will follow Whitaker as Eugene Allen, the black White House butler as he goes from an entry level “pantry man” in pre-Civil Rights 1952 to serving eight presidents over 30 years and witnessing firsthand such historical events as the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy. All actors will be portraying real life American historical figures, with Oyelowo as ALlen’s son and Winfrey as his wife. Mila Kunis was also recently rumored to play the role of Jackie Kennedy.
Williams, who we think would make a pretty good Finnick in “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire”, is a regular on hit ABC medical series “Grey’s Anatomy” and was recently seen on the big screen as one of the victims of Drew Goddard’s horrific “Cabin in the Woods.” He’s currently on hiatus from “Grey’s” and taking advantage of the break to film drag racing biopic “Snake and Mongoose” opposite Noah Wylie.
April 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The last time Elizabeth Olsen ended up in upstate New York at a new age commune, it didn’t work out so well. But thankfully, the hippies who occupy “Peace Love and Misunderstanding” look much less sinister than the ones who terrorized her in “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Here, Olsen plays daughter to Catherine Keener’s soon-to-be-divorced mother, who drives her kids (Nat Wolff plays Olsen’s younger brother) to grandma Jane Fonda’s house in Woodstock, New York. There, the three generations deal with family drama as well as relationship woes and Olsen finds some relief from writer’s block in the form of Chace Crawford.
The Bruce Beresford film was actually Olsen’s feature debut and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September. “Peace Love and Misunderstanding” will open in limited release on June 8th. Watch the first trailer below.