What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup you’re going to want to be following if you want news about which cult movie icon has just been cast in Guardians of the Galaxy.
If your eyeballs and brain have been anywhere near an episode of Mr. Show or Breaking Bad, then chances are you’re a pretty big fan of the comic stylings of the respected though curmudgeonly Bob Odenkirk. Well, good news for you, because Odenkirk just wrote a movie called Girlfriend’s Day that he’s also going to star in. According to a release from Magic Stone Productions and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, Best Worst Movie and The American Scream helmer Michael Paul Stephenson will direct the film, which sees Odenkirk playing a famous author in a world where greeting card writers are celebrated as heroes. The film will apparently see Odenkirk’s character and his rivals engaging each other in a campaign of murder and deceit, all in the name of creating the definitive greeting card for the hot new holiday, Girlfriend’s Day. Sounds pretty weird, but in that good way.
There are so many roles to be filled in Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming crime ensemble, Inherent Vice, that it turns out he’s even making his pregnant girlfriend show up on set to do some work. This info comes from a series of set photos published by The Daily Mail that not only show Joaquin Phoenix looking fairly dapper with a set of serious muttonchops, but also reveal a pregnant-with-Anderson’s-fourth-child Maya Rudolph filming scenes in a slightly silly-looking nurse’s uniform. According to Indiewire, this means she’s going to be playing the minor role of Petunia Leeway, a nurse to a shady doctor named Buddy Tubeside who’s known for injecting his patients with those “B-12 energy shots” that made everyone on Mad Men go crazy a couple of weeks ago.
Variety has word of a new indie film called The Road Within that’s going to star Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, and Zoe Kravitz. Reportedly it’s a remake of a German drama called Vincent Will Meer that tells the story of a man suffering from Tourette syndrome falling in love with a girl suffering from anorexia while they’re both living in a residential clinic. Sheehan and Kravitz will play the couple, while Patel will reportedly play a third character who’s suffering from OCD. The film will see Gren Wells making her directorial debut. Though she’s billed third from the top, Kravitz got the picture that accompanies this story, mostly because she’s the cutest of the three. Sorry, fellas.
Do we have any Justified fans out there? Then, in addition to enjoying manly Southern accents and people getting randomly shot, you’re probably also a fan of David Meunier, who plays one of Harlan County’s resident career-criminals, Johnny Crowder. Well, if you’re interested in following Meunier’s work, Deadline is reporting that he’s just landed a role in The Equalizer, which is the big screen adaptation of that old TV show Antoine Fuqua is directing and Denzel Washington is starring in. The story seems to be that Meunier is going to be playing a sleazy Russian named Slavi who we meet while he’s pimping out a prostitute played by Chloe Moretz. Sick.
If you happened to see The Host, or even caught that Hatfields & McCoys miniseries, then chances are you might recognize Boyd Holbrook. He’s a handsome young actor who’s just been added to the cast of Natalie Portman’s little Western that could, Jane Got a Gun. For those keeping score at home, at this point in the game Jane Got a Gun is going to be directed by Gavin O’Connor, it’s going to star Portman as the heroine, Ewan McGregor as the bad guy, and Joel Edgerton as the hero. Holbrook will be playing McGregor’s little brother. As we’ve seen, all of this could change at a moment’s notice though.
Oh yeah, and Holbrook is also going to be starring opposite Elizabeth Banks in a movie called Little Accidents that casts him as the sole survivor of a tragic mining collapse. Kid’s going places. [The Wrap]
Who’s the latest name confirmed to become a member of the weird and expansive cast of Guardians of the Galaxy? Creator of weird movies and co-founder of Troma Entertainment, Lloyd Kaufman, that’s who. The scoop comes from an interview he did with Crave Online [via Comic Book Movie], where, when talking about his history of working with Guardians director James Gunn on Troma projects, he said, “Yeah, he’s giving me a part. I’m going to be in his movie. I’m going to London at the end of June to play a small part. … We’ll see what happens. James is a good guy. I think it’ll be interesting just to see what it’s like and I’ll shoot some behind the scenes. I did it for Slither, I did it for Super. I did two pieces for Super.” Sounds like Gunn is a guy who remembers where he came from. Good on him.