Archive for the ‘Casting’ category

The Quick News — 7/5/07

July 5, 2007
  • bradpitt.gifSources say that Brad Pitt is set to star in a remake of the 1968classic Bullitt. The original starred Steve McQueen as a San Francisco cop looking to find the person responsible for the murder of a witness he was protecting. Pitt has been attached to the project for a while, but just recently has it been green lit.
  • Film ick has gotten word, from a usually reliable source, that Michel Gondry is in talks to take over for Tim Burton as director for the upcoming Ripley’s Believe it or Not! with Jim Carrey as the lead.
  • The New Haven Register recently interviewed Producer Frank Marshall to talk about Indiana Jones 4 and his involvement. Marshall discussed the want to shoot the new sequel in the same style as the last three films: “Steven [Spielberg] is very aware of the process and we’re not cheating with CG at all. It keeps the B movie feel.”
  • Variety reports that HBO and New Line Cinema are teaming up to bring Sex and the City to the big screen. The film is looking to start production this fall, with the original [four] leads reprising their roles. I personally, don’t care.
  • I’ve updated my blog roll, so check it out. New to the list are Asymmetric’s Movie Reviews and Laser Sharks (tech info and opinions).  Let me know if you want to be added.
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Spawn Joins ‘The Dark Knight’

July 3, 2007

jaiwhite.gifMTV has gotten confirmation that Michael Jai White has joined the cast of The Dark Knight, which is currently being filmed. I don’t know if this is really considered a spoiler, but be forewarned that it does give some character and plot info:

“…the role of “Gamble” has officially gone to Michael Jai White, the muscular martial artist/stuntman/actor best known for roles in such films as “Spawn” and “Exit Wounds.” Thomas and Roven also cleared up fan confusion over who, exactly, the baddie is, explaining that Gamble is one of several mob bosses attempting to take over Gotham’s streets now that Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson in the first ‘Batman’ flick) is out of the picture.”

I just don’t think this movie can fail. *knock on wood* It’s due to hit theaters in 2008.

‘Watchmen’ Looking To Cast Look-Alikes

July 3, 2007

jfk.gifAccording to Coming Soon, the LA Times is reporting that the production of Watchmen, which is being helmed by is wanting to cast look-alikes of a lot of famous people:

A challenging casting task involving look-alikes is under way for Warner Bros.’ “Watchmen” adaptation of Alan Moore’s 1980s graphic novel set in an alternative universe’s United States. Names include Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, H.R. Haldeman, Ted Koppel, John McLaughlin, Annie Liebowitz, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Fidel Castro, Albert Einstein, Norman Rockwell, JFK and Jackie Kennedy, Andy Warhol, Mao Tze Tung and Larry King. That’s going to be quite a movie.

As of now, no one has even been officially announced for any of the led roles. I wonder if they’re only looking to use big name actors as the look-alikes or if this is putting the word out to anyone who might resemble these people. I could probably only pass for Fidel and even thats a stretch.

Roundtree Joins ‘Speed Racer’

July 2, 2007

roundtree.gifThis is a cool bit of casting news. Shaft himself, Richard Roundtree, has joined the cast of the upcoming Speed Racer movie. Roundtree will play the role of Ben Burns, a racer-turned-commentator who is an icon to the fans and a hero to Speed.

This movie already has a pretty dynamite cast — Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman — and I’m quite happy with this addition. Filming for the movie has already begun and its expected to be in theaters May 9, 2008.

The Quick News — 6/29/07

June 29, 2007

jim-carrey.gifWhether you believe it or not, there is actually a lot of stuff I don’t get around to posting. It’s a time issue mostly, but sometimes I’m overly picky about what I post. I’m starting this new daily rundown of the casting news and movie news I don’t always get a chance to report on.

-Jim Carrey is set to star in Sober Buddies, a comedy about a software executive assigned a court-appointed Sober Buddy accompany him on a business trip and things start to get interesting when the Sober Buddy falls off the wagon.

-Cameron Diaz will be starring in Richard Kelly’s The Box, about a young woman who is given a strange box with buttons on it and is told different things will happen depending on which button she presses.

-Disney has picked up Pool Rats a family comedy that will star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The film, a semi-autobiographical story inspired by one of the movie’s writers, is about the wild times he had coaching a neighborhood league swim team during a summer that he says changed both his life and his swimmers.

-Megan Fox has signed on to join the cast of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People the adaptation of the Toby Young memoir. Fox will play a “a young Hollywood starlet getting her first taste of fame.” The film also stars Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Gillian Anderson, Danny Glover, and Jeff Bridges.

-Marc Forester is teaming back up with Mandate Pictures to direct Land of Roses. Forester previously worked with Mandate on Stranger Than Fiction. The film is inspired by real-life events in post-9/11 America. A group of people try work to get an Middle Eastern father freed from prison after he is wrongfully accused of being a terrorist.

‘Dark Knight’ Cast Additions

June 28, 2007

melindamcgraw.gifVariety is reporting that Melinda McGraw and Nathan Gamble have been added to the cast of The Dark Knight, the upcoming Batman sequel.  McGraw will play Lt. James Gordon’s (Gary Oldman) wife and Nathan Gamble will play his son.

Thomas Jane Talks ‘Watchmen’

June 28, 2007

thomasjane.gifShockTillYouDrop got a chance to chat with actor Thomas Jane about his upcoming directorial debut The Dark Country. Of course the conversation shifted gears and the actor was asked about the rumors concerning him being casted as the Comedian in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen.

“Is it on the Internet?” Jane asks. Yessir, Tom. It’s out there. “Yeah,” the actor responds in a slow drawl. “I’m staying quiet about it. I know that Zack’s interested and that’s a great compliment.”

If you want to check out more of the interview on The Dark Country, check it out here.