What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news column that’s catching up on some developments that occurred over the weekend while preparing for tonight’s huge Stanley Cup Finals game. Find out what’s up with Adrien Brody and Felicity Jones before the puck drops.
You’ve already seen him save the world from terrorists, aliens, and killer machines, and now it’s looking like you’re going to finally get the chance to see Arnold Schwarzenegger save the world from the oncoming creep of the zombie menace. Or, at least, he’s going to do his best to get his daughter through a zombie apocalypse, as that’s the plot of the latest project he’s taken on. According to Variety, the movie is called Maggie, it comes from a Black List script by strangely-named screenwriter John Scott 3, and it will see Schwarzenegger playing a father who is helping his daughter, “come to terms with her infection as she slowly becomes a zombie,” in what sounds like the most family-oriented role the action star has taken since he was in Junior.
It looks like you can look forward to seeing Anna Kendrick’s take on the classic character of Cinderella. No, she isn’t replacing Lily James in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming live action version of her story, but THR is reporting that she’s in talks to don the glass slipper in Rob Marshall’s upcoming big screen adaptation of the fairy tale character-packed musical Into the Woods. If she becomes official for the film, she’ll be showing off her singing skills alongside a cast that already includes names like Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Emily Blunt. Also, odds are probably good that we’ll get to see her don a fancy gown.
The Wrap has a report that Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, and Akon (he’s a rapper, not a demi-god) have just joined the cast of an upcoming action-thriller called American Heist, which is a Hayden Christensen-starring remake of the 1959 Steve McQueen vehicle, St. Louis Bank Robbery, that’s set to be helmed by Armenian director Sarik Andreasyan. The story here centers on two brothers who have their bond tested when they both become part of a bank robber gang who pulls a heist that goes wrong. We’ll go ahead and assume that Brody is going to be playing the other brother, because that makes the most sense?
James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) upcoming biopic of Stephen Hawking, Theory of Everything, seems to be very quickly snatching up all of the best young British actors for its cast. Not only does it already have the insanely talented Eddie Redmayne in the lead role, but Deadline is now reporting that they’ve cast recent standout Felicity Jones in the role of his wife, Jane. Apparently much of the film concerns itself with when the duo met and fell in love while they were studying at Cambridge, so one can assume this will be a fairly large role for Jones and potentially a great showcase for her talents. Which are ample.