What is Casting Couch? It’s the news column that’s got its ear to the ground, listening for any juicy tidbits coming out of Cannes. Today people like Uma Thurman, Seann William Scott, Amanda Seyfried, and Bruce Willis all got new jobs.
Zach Braff hasn’t yet had much of a career as a film director, but if there’s one thing he’s got more experience shooting than most people, it’s tiny girls wearing giant headphones. So chances are Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick will be a perfect fit for the cast of his new movie, Wish I Was Here. The Wrap is reporting that she’s just joined the film in the role of Janine, a chick who’s into cosplay and who the Josh Gad character becomes enamored with. However you feel about the controversy surrounding Braff’s Kickstarter funding of this film, you have to admit, added Anna Kendrick just made going to see it sound a whole lot more enticing.
People seem to have fond memories of Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix working together on that Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line, so there should be much rejoicing at the news that the duo could be getting ready to act together again, and on a PT Anderson movie, no less. Deadline is reporting that Witherspoon is the latest name to join the cast of Inherent Vice, which, in addition to Phoenix, also already has Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro on board. Geez, looking at all of those names together, it would appear that Witherspoon is going to have to really weird herself up for this one if she’s going to fit in at all.
If feels like Samuel L. Jackson has been starring in about 20 movies a year for the past 15 years at this point, but he doesn’t seem like he’s going to be slowing down anytime soon. Variety is reporting that he’s in final negotiations to take yet another gig, this time playing the mentor of the Hailee Steinfeld character in Barely Lethal. The film sees Steinfeld playing a teenage assassin who longs for a regular life, so she fakes her own death and enrolls herself in a suburban high school. Jackson, for his part, probably stands around and yells a lot.
Zac Efron and Amber Heard reportedly just signed on to star in Autobahn, a movie about fast cars and German drug smugglers. Screen Daily reports that the film is coming from Welcome to the Punch director, Eran Creevy, and that it will star Efron and Heard as a pair of American backpackers who get in over their heads with some shady criminal types and end up having to flee Europe before they get killed. Sounds dangerous, but no more so than the usual backpacking trip where you have to worry about all of the snoring and night farts in youth hostels.
TRON: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund is the latest name to join William Monahan’s upcoming thriller, Mojave. Deadline is reporting that the film will see him playing a near-suicidal artist who travels out to the desert to go on walkabout or whatever, and when he’s out there he meets a homicidal drifter who exists as something of a doppelganger to himself. What happens next is unclear, but homicidal drifter doppelgangers are definitely the reason that mom always told you nothing good happen out in the desert. Oscar Isaac is also on board as the drifter.
It’s just about time for Seann William Scott to star in another ridiculous comedy again, so Variety is reporting that he’s become attached to headline a movie called Guidance, which will see him playing a high school guidance counselor who alters the transcripts of a slacker kid who reminds him a bit of himself and needs some help getting out of the academic hole he’s dug. Leslie Bibb is also on board as the new teacher at the school who catches his eye and becomes the object of his affections. Because high school teachers always look like Leslie Bibb.
Uma Thurman’s next role appears to be a challenging one. According to Deadline, she’s going to be playing infamous anti-gay activist Anita Bryant in a biopic about the singer turned orange juice spokesperson turned bigot, called Anita. This one is coming from the same team who brought us Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt as well as The Times of Harvey Milk, so don’t expect a softball approach to covering the more uncomfortable parts of Bryant’s life.
Z For Zachariah is emerging from Cannes as a promising looking package. It’s a sci-fi picture that has Craig Zobel (Compliance) on board to direct, and that is going to star Amanda Seyfried as a girl who mistakenly believes she’s the only person who survived a nuclear catastrophe. Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also attached to appear in the film, presumably as charming hunks, so there’s really no more that you can ask from a movie than what you’re getting right here. [Screen Daily]
Finally, we’ve got to end things somewhere, so why not end them with Bruce Willis? THR is reporting that he’s all set to star in a new action thriller called Expiration, which sounds a whole lot like that classic noir film D.O.A., because it will see him playing a hitman who finds out that he’s been poisoned, and who only has a short amount of time to find a cure before he dies. Bruce Willis, a high stakes, high energy plot—it would appear that this one has everything going for it in the world. Except for the fact that it’s being written by the same guy who wrote Broken City. Let’s hope that one was just an unfortunate mishap, or this movie could end up being D.O.A. itself.