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What is Casting Couch? Today it’s headlined by news of three big actors working with three well-respected directors, but it also has news about new jobs for ladies like Keira Knightley, Reese Witherspoon, and the Dowager Countess.

Benicio Del Toro is the talented and unique sort of actor who manages to be interesting to watch even when he’s in a project that isn’t that great. The dude was fun in Savages. Basically, you can set your watch to him. But pair him with a director who’s good at working with actors, and you’re likely to get pure magic. That’s why The Wrap’s news that Del Toro is in talks to join Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice is basically the best thing that’s happened all day. Big actors often times give their best performances when working with Anderson, Del Toro is a big actor—it’s perfect. Also, he’s supposed to be playing a lawyer in the film, which, if you’ve seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, you know can get pretty entertaining. Zang.dashes

Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield

Even though he had his first big breakthrough in a David Fincher film with The Social Network and he’s been cast as the lead of one of the biggest superhero franchises out there thanks to The Amazing Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield’s career has perhaps still not reached its zenith. That’s because there are few things in the film industry more prestigious than starring in a Martin Scorsese movie, and according to Variety, he’s about to star in a Martin Scorsese movie.

The film is called Silence, and it’s an adaptation of a Shusaku Endo novel that will see him playing the role of a 17th-century Portuguese priest named Father Rodrigues who is traveling through Japan in a time when Christians were persecuted there. Of course, whenever Scorsese makes a religious-themed movie it’s never as successful as the crime stuff he does, but you have to see this as a cool opportunity for Garfield regardless.dashes

James Franco

James Franco

We promised a trifecta of big name actors working with respected directing talent, so here’s the third: According to Variety James Franco has just signed on to star in Wings of Desire director Wim Wenders’ next film, Every Thing Will Be Fine. The trade reports that the film, which is to be presented in 3D, will see Franco playing the role of a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child and then spends the next 12 years of his life examining the effects the tragic incident has on both his life and the life of the child’s mother. Sounds like a real romp. Can’t wait to see all of that child death and regret popping out at me in three dazzling dimensions. Am I right?dashes

Sophia Myles

Sophia Myles

Transformers 4, of course, is a film that we all expect to use the 3D format in order to become as visually nauseating as possible, and The Wrap is reporting that Michael Bay has cast another actress who he will likely be spinning his camera around during its production. Sophia Myles, who appeared most prominently in Tristan + Isolde and a couple of Underworld movies, has reportedly been cast in the film in the role of a scientist, proving once again that scientists are always way prettier and less greasy-haired in movies than they are in real life. She joins a cast that includes names like Kelsey Grammer, Mark Wahlberg, and Optimus Prime.dashes

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

If Twitter chatter is any indication, then it turns out a lot of you really don’t like Anne Hathaway, so you can celebrate the fact that she’s just been replaced by Keira Knightley on one of the upcoming projects she was supposed to star in. The film is called Laggies, and it’s a dark comedy from ridiculously talented writer/diretor Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister). Due to Hathaway’s commitments on Christopher Nolan’s next project, Knightley will now play the confused young professional who reacts to a marriage proposal by going on the lam and partying with a 16-year-old girl (Chloe Moretz). There, now isn’t that better? Unless you don’t like Knightley either. In which case—come on—quit being so picky. [Inside Movies]dashes

Reese Witherspoon

Reese WItherspoon

Once again proving the old adage that no publicity is bad publicity, Reese Witherspoon is following up her recent media exposure by announcing the landing of yet another job. THR is reporting that she’s all set to once again work with her Walk The Line director, James Mangold, on an adaptation of Ashley Rhodes-Courter’s memoirs called Three Little Words. The story will see her playing a volunteer of some sort who meets a teenage girl who’s been living in the welfare system her whole life, and who then tries to track down the girl’s biological mother and convince her to step up and take responsibility for her child. Amanda Seyfried is reportedly in early talks to play the mother, but that makes absolutely no sense, because Amanda Seyfried would be more believable playing a teenage daughter than someone who has a teenage daughter.dashes

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

We end with news of a new role for the most badass of all actresses, Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess, Maggie Smith. The Wrap is reporting that she and Kevin Kline have just signed on to join a comedy called My Old Lady, which will see first time film director/long time stage director Israel Horovitz adapting his play of the same name. The film sees Kline playing a down on his luck New Yorker who travels to Paris in order to sell an apartment that he’s inherited, only to find that due to some obscure French law he can’t legally take possession of the swanky place until the old woman who lives there (Smith) dies. Jane Birkin and Dominique Pinon are also set to co-star.


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