What is Casting Couch? A rundown of the day’s most notable casting news, concerning actors as new to the film world as young Iain De Caestecker or as seasoned as the spicy Kim Basinger. No discrimination here.
Mad Men and Community beauty Alison Brie has once again found time in her schedule to do some work up on the big screen. Variety is reporting that she’ll be joining Justin Chatwin and Colin Hanks in the cast of a new indie called No Stranger Than Love. The story here is a weird one, as apparently Brie will be playing a small town art teacher who intends on starting an affair with the married football coach at her school, but whose plans get interrupted when he’s sucked into an inter-dimensional hole that appears on her living room floor. See? Weird.
Morgan Freeman seems to be living the dream. Mostly because The Wrap is reporting that he’s about to get close to Scarlett Johansson by negotiating to co-star with her in Luc Besson’s upcoming sci-fi actioner Lucy. The film sees Johansson playing a drug mule who gets accidentally dosed with a drug that gives her superpowers, but is also going to eventually kill her. If Freeman becomes official, he’ll be playing the science guy who might possibly have the knowledge necessary to save her life.
YA adaptation The Maze Runner just landed itself a veteran talent to offset all of the new faces in its cast. Inside Movies is reporting that Patricia Clarkson has just joined the film. Apparently the character she’s playing is pretty central to the several mysteries at the story’s core, and IM is acting like to give away what she’s doing would be a spoiler, so we won’t go any further than to say she’s in the movie. Those who have read the book can probably guess pretty easily what all this means, while the rest of us remain confused but still happy, because Patricia Clarkson.
Kim Basinger, the actress most famous for taking Garth’s virginity in Wayne’s World 2, is all set to star in a new movie. THR is reporting that she’s now confirmed as the lead in Danish director Anders Morgenthaler’s next project, Petit. The film will see her playing a career woman who is told that she’s infertile and then has her efforts to adopt a child lead her to stumbling into the disturbing world of Eastern European infant prostitution, which is apparently a thing. Chances are this is going to be one of those movies that’s pretty difficult to watch.
Scoot McNairy’s career seems to be on the constant up and up, and the next big news concerning his work calendar is that he’s just firmed up a role that will see him acting alongside Jude Law. Deadline reports that he’s joining the submarine sunken treasure movie, Black Sea, which Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) is directing. Reportedly his character will be the American who convinces Law’s skipper to put a crew together and go looking for treasure, even though he’s skeptical of a double-cross. Because what would a sunken treasure movie be without a good double-cross?
Iain De Caestecker
Have you heard of Scottish actor Iain De Caestecker? No, me either, but it looks like we’re going to know his name well very soon. Even though he’s just recently moved to LA, already he’s landed a reoccurring role on Joss Whedon’s SHIELD series, and now Deadline is reporting that Ryan Gosling has recruited him to be the star of his debut directorial effort, How to Catch a Monster. He’ll be playing the son of the Christina Hendricks character, who apparently kicks off all of the strange otherworldly fairy tale stuff that happens in the movie due to his overactive imagination.
Brooklyn Decker is pretty much the belle of the ball when it comes to modeling swimwear and undergarments, but she’s yet to have any breakthroughs when it comes to the acting game. She’s appeared on an episode of a TV show here, been the eye candy in a terrible blockbuster there, but she’s yet to do anything that has made her jump to acting look like it’s going to officially pan out. That might be set to change though, because The Wrap is reporting that she’s set to join Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, and Chris Pine in the cast of Joe Carnahan’s upcoming action comedy, Stretch. Apparently she’ll be playing the Wilson character’s ex-girlfriend, a gold digger who’s now engaged to another man, which sounds like it should give her ample opportunity to show off.
Finally, let’s end all of this casting news with a bit of uncasting news. The Wrap is reporting that things are starting to look pretty bleak for the Highlander reboot over at Summit Entertainment, because Ryan Reynolds has just dropped out as the lead, sword-wielding immortal Connor MacLeod. Well, things are bleak if you wanted to see Reynolds as a Highlander. A more positive spin on the story is that, seeing as Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has been off of the project as director since last November, maybe now some other filmmaker will be more likely to come on board now that they can pick their own leading man. Or, you know, maybe this thing won’t get made at all and we can continue to just watch the original Highlander.