What is Casting Couch? It’s a tireless wanderer that scours the Internet in search for news of actors getting hired to appear in movies. Today it’s found more, including new roles for Rhys Ifans and Monica Bellucci.
With his latest film, Frances Ha, just getting ready to expand beyond New York and LA this weekend, director Noah Baumbach now turns his attention to his next project, a story about an older couple striking up a friendship with a younger couple called While We’re Young. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts have been on board to play the older couple, and Girls star Adam Driver is official for the younger male, but the search for the female half of the younger couple has been an ongoing process. It’s an ongoing process that’s likely to soon come to an end though, because The Wrap is reporting that Amanda Seyfried has emerged as the potential candidate to play the free-spirited young lass, and she’s even cleared some room in her schedule to make it happen. Sounds like it’s nearly a done deal.
The Hunger Games star, Josh Hutcherson, is a heck of a lot more than just the dopey, boring guy who can paint himself to look like rocks. In something like The Kids Are All Right he proved that he’s got some real dramatic chops, and it looks like he’s just signed on to a new project that’s going to allow him to show them off again. Screen Daily reports that he’s been attached as the lead of a new package that’s been put together called Ape, which will see him playing a young man struggling with mental illness and a deep family secret. The rest of this package consists of Jon Johnstone’s script and Miguel Sapochnik’s (Repo Men) services as a director. Nice package.
Veteran producer Mike Lobell is a wheeler and dealer with his fingers in a lot of pies, and Deadline is reporting that, among the many other projects he has in the works, is an ensemble comedy called A Film By Alan Stuart Eisner that’s about a young man looking to make a documentary in order to figure out what happened to his family during World War II. Already veteran names like Shirley MacLaine, Robin Williams, and Rob Reiner were known to be appearing in the film, and now there’s a new report that the trio of Sienna Miller, Isla Fisher and Audra MacDonald have also been added. Project X’s Oliver Cooper is also one of the leads, but let’s not mention that, because I’m still angry over having watched Project X.
English artists Jake and Dinos Chapman have somehow found a way to make Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” more, well… Kafkaesque. Screen Daily is reporting that the duo have adapted the story into a feature film called Metamorphosis, and they’ve added the twist that this time around it’s about a bug who wakes up to find that he’s been transformed into a hideous man. How you stretch a concept like that out to feature length is anyone’s guess, but they’ve got Rhys Ifans negotiating to star, so it should be interesting to watch whichever way things turn out.
Director Emir Kusturica, who’s a double Palm D’Or winner, is all set to make his first dramatic film in seven years. The project is called Love and War, and it will see Kusturica himself starring as a “man at war” who ends up becoming a monk toward the end of his life. That isn’t even the exciting part though. The exciting part is that perfect angel Monica Bellucci is also on board the film as his love interest, and in order to play the part she’s currently learning to speak freaking Serbian. Is there anything that gorgeous, amazing woman can’t do? [Screen Daily]
Offline is a new indie film set to explore the privacy issues we’re all struggling with while living in a world saturated with mobile devices. Variety is reporting that it’s set to star The Lying Game actress Kirsten Prout as a girl who has some trouble getting into college after some inappropriate photos of her pop up on the public domain of social media. The Carrie Diaries actress Chloe Bridges will play her best friend, and longtime famous person Daryl Hannah is on board as her mother. Hopefully this one will serve as a warning to our current crop of stupid young people doing stupid young things. Shooting is scheduled to start this month.
What does The Dead Men have going for it? So far that it’s going to star a couple of hunky dudes. Heat Vision is reporting that Rock of Ages actor Diego Boneta and Twilight vet Jackson Rathbone are set to star in this thriller about an American running from his past who ends up getting tangled up with a group of underground radicals who refer to themselves as “The Dead Men.” At first this sounds like some sort of political-terrorism movie, but then the plot synopsis goes on to say that once our protagonist gets involved with these fellows he discovers “a centuries-old spiritual battle,” so maybe it’s actually about ghosts fighting mummies or something? Your guess is as good as mine. Longtime Joel Silver assistant Kirk Sullivan will be stepping out on his own and directing.