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What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that’s currently wondering what the President’s new house is going to look like in the Independence Day sequel. And it’s also got news about new gigs for bombshells like Paz Vega and Kelly Brook.

It’s true that Will Smith is such a highly paid star these days that Roland Emmerich has said he isn’t even going to try to get him to come back for his upcoming Independence Day sequel, but he also said that some of the other names from the first movie are going to return, and in a recent conversation with Movies.com he confirmed two of those names. Said names are Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, who you’re probably familiar with. Now all we need is confirmation that Judd Hirsch is going to be back as Goldblum’s dad, and then we can all breath a sigh of relief. Those two had crazy chemistry.dashes

Mark Strong

Mark Strong

Even though Green Lantern didn’t really set the world on fire, it did feature a typically delightful villainous performance from bad guy expert Mark Strong. That seems like something of a waste in retrospect, but a report coming from Cosmic Book News is claiming that DC might be looking to pull a re-do as far as Strong is concerned. Their source is claiming that Zach Snyder wants him to play Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel that Warner Bros. seems intent on fast tracking. Of course, seeing as this is all based on whispers from a shadowy source, it should be treated as rumor, but isn’t it kind of nice to think about Strong getting to be a bad guy in a comic book movie people actually care about?dashes

James Badge Dale

James Badge Dale

Seeing as how we just saw him in Iron Man 3 and World War Z, and we’re going to be able to see him in The Lone Ranger soon, James Badge Dale is clearly an actor whose career is on the up and up. At this point, he’s almost in as many franchises as Jeremy Renner was a couple summers ago. Anyway, it looks like he’s getting yet another high profile gig, as director Joe Carnahan just tweeted that he’s cast him opposite Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, and Ed Helms in his upcoming thriller about a psychopath passenger and his reformed criminal limo driver, Stretch. If you haven’t bought stock in Dale yet, your window to make big profit is rapidly closing.dashes

Paz Vega

Paz Vega

In good news for Jeremy Renner news, THR is reporting that knockout Paz Vega has just been hired to star opposite him in his upcoming project Kill the Messenger, which is about a journalist named Gary Webb who exposed the CIA’s shady cocaine-related dealings in Nicaragua back in the 80s. Vega will be playing the imprisoned girlfriend of a high profile drug dealer who worked with Webb in hopes that he could do something to get her released. Renner will be playing Webb, who totally committed suicide and wasn’t actually rubbed out by the CIA to shut him up—they swear.dashes

Will Sasso

Will Sasso

Professional loud guy Will Sasso is all set to play a loud guy in a movie called (for now) My Asshole Neighbor. Deadline has the scoop, and they say that Sasso will star opposite the already cast David Koechner, who’s playing a professional mediator who gets pushed to the limits of his patience when Sasso’s asshole character moves in next door. A war of attrition follows. This one should be interesting, at least for the fact that Koechner is going to get a chance to go against his usual type casting of being the asshole himself. And, you know, it will give Sasso a chance to do something other than make creepy Vine videos.dashes

Ed Oxenbould

Ed Oxenbould

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner have been cast in Lisa Cholodenko’s upcoming adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for a while now, but conspicuous by his absence has been a young actor to play the title character. You can’t really make a movie about Alexander’s day without having an Alexander, after all. Well, good news, because THR says they’ve finally found one, and the kid they’ve picked is an Australian lad named Ed Oxenbould. He hasn’t done much us ugly Americans would be familiar with, but apparently he starred in an Australian TV show called Puberty Blues.dashes

Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook is such a pretty face that it’s probably hard for her to get cast in roles where she gets to be anything other than just a pretty face, but Heat Vision is reporting that she’s finally going to get a chance to show us what she’s got, as she’s just been hired to star in a fairly dramatic sounding movie called Taking Stock. In it she’ll be playing an up and coming actress who gets driven to the point of planning a robbery after her boyfriend leaves her, she loses her job, and she goes broke. Wait a second… her boyfriend leaves her? This movie isn’t going to be very realistic, is it?


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