What is Casting Couch? It’s back to give you another healthy dose of casting news. If you don’t like spoilers, then don’t continue forward, because we’ve got some big time spoilers concerning a couple of Anchorman 2 cameos.
Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke are all ready to don their swimsuits to go for another soak in the Hot Tub Time Machine, but they have a problem. It turns out that the star of the first film, John Cusack, doesn’t want to join them. Never fear though, because The Wrap is reporting that Party Down and Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott has agreed to step into the role of the straight man for Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and he’s generally way more likable than Cusack these days anyway. What will this sequel have in store for Scott and the original crew? Will they perhaps, this time, go back in time to the 90s, so that we can get a host of jokes about slap bracelets and Zubaz pants? The head spins with possibilities.
Feel like you haven’t been getting enough Keanu Reeves in your life lately? Well, fear not, because Screen Daily has word that he’s getting ready to take a break from being the King of the Internet meme in order to star in another movie. The project is apparently called John Wick, and it will see Reeves starring as a former hitman who has his killer instincts reawakened after a street thug steals his 1969 Ford Mustang and kills his dog in the process.
Wick hunts the jerk down, but the plot thickens when it turns out the dude’s dad is a big mob boss and Wick ends up getting a bounty put on his head. So basically what we’re dealing with is Death Wish, but about a guy who loses his car and his dog instead of his family. Keanu is like the country music Charles Bronson.
It looks like Octavia Spencer is about to do battle with Kevin Costner. Variety is reporting that the The Help actress has just joined Mike Binder’s indie drama Black and White, that movie where Kevin Costner plays a dude who loses his wife and his daughter and then has to do battle with his granddaughter’s paternal grandmother for custody of the child. Spencer will be playing said grandmother. You see, the granddaughter is biracial, and the movie is called Black and White because of racial issues and whatnot. It’s all very compelling, I’m sure.
David Cronenberg’s next film, Maps to the Stars, wasn’t content to start shooting with a cast that just includes names like Juliann Moore, John Cusack, and Robert Pattinson, so it’s padded itself out with a new trio of actors. THR is reporting that Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, and newcomer Evan Bird have all just been signed on to the film. That’s not the end of the scoop though, THR also includes descriptions of the characters they’re going to be portraying, and they sound pretty crazy. Williams will be playing a manipulative mom and Wasikowska and Bird her two kids, a drug-addicted child star and a schizophrenic, disfigured fame whore.
Hopefully Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker can swim, because Deadline is reporting that he’s in talks to join the already attached Chris Hemsworth in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, that adaptation of the book about the true story of the sinking of the Essex, the incident that inspired Herman Melville to write “Moby Dick.” You see, back in the day this ship was attacked and destroyed by a sperm whale, which means anyone who signs on for the film is likely signing on to spend a lot of time being wet and cold. Walker would be playing a dumbass rich kid who’s trying to become the next captain over Hemsworth’s character, who actually knows about the sea.
Remember Patrick Fugit, that cute, shaggy kid from Almost Famous? Well now he’s all grown up and respectable-looking, and about to star in an indie film called The List. From co-writer/director Harris Goldberg, The List is described as being a dramedy about a man who takes on a list of self-improvements in order to win the woman of his dreams. So basically it’s that Don’t Tell Her It’s Me/The Boyfriend School movie from the early ’90s, except without the magic of The Gut. House’s Jennifer Morrison and Dr. Who’s Karen Gillan are also set to appear. [THR]
Amy Poehler & Tina Fey
Here’s the part with the spoilers that you might not want to read if you think you’d enjoy Anchorman 2 more going into it without knowing who all of the random comedians showing up in small roles are going to be. These movies do kind of shoot for a reaction of, “Oh my God, that person!” If you’re the type who doesn’t care about cameos though, and just want to know what your favorite actors are up to, then The Daily Mail has set pics that reveal Anchorman 2 is filming a scene in which Sacha Baron Cohen does battle with the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in a smackdown of epic proportions. Knees get muddied, crowbars are wielded, and period garb is worn.