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What is Casting Couch? Today it’s a casting column that’s debunking a couple of rumors that will probably come true anyway.

Absolutely Anything is a project that’s long been on comedy nerds’ radars, not only because it’s being directed by Monty Python member Terry Jones, but also because the film will see Jones re-teaming with the other members of his legendary comedy troupe to do voiceover work. According to The Wrap, filming is looking to get underway on this one soon, Gemma Arterton has joined the cast, and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is currently negotiating to come on board, as well. The story is about a bumbling but magical school teacher, something that Cumberbatch would likely knock out of the park; which is one more positive that will help you forget Robin Williams is also going to be doing his voiceover thing here.

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Harrison Ford is famously grumpy and angry, and generally he makes everything into a big damned ordeal. So the idea that he is willing to come back for more Star Wars movies and revisit his iconic Han Solo character was pretty exciting news. Carrie Fisher has always been pretty chill and go-with-the-flow, so it comes as no surprise that when TMZ asked her if she’d also be willing to appear in more Star Wars films, the actress replied, “Yes. Sure. Wouldn’t you?” Never change Carrie Fisher, never change. More and more it’s looking like these new Star Wars movies are very likely to have at least token appearances from Han, Luke, and Leia. And hopefully Chewie too. Unless he gets left out again, like he did in that damned medal ceremony.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage

A few days ago it was reported that Nicolas Cage was joining The Expendables 3. The quote came from Stallone himself, the idea that Nic Cage would be in The Expendables 3 seemed like a no-brainer, and nobody much questioned it. But Deadline Hollywood has a new quote from Sly saying that it’s all bullshit. Apparently the original quote came from an interview he did in Spain, and it got mistranslated before it was posted to Stallone’s Facebook page. He really meant to say that he’d like to get Nic Cage for The Expendables 3, not that he has him. So, given Cage’s record of never turning down an acting gig no matter how terrible the script…I guess we can confirm that Nic Cage is going to be in The Expendables 3?

Gaspard Ulliel

Gaspard Ulliel

Gaspard Ulliel may not have a name that’s very well known in the U.S., but he’s got a face that most people have seen; it’s been the subject of the Chanel Blue ad campaign for a while now. And, in his native France, he’s a very well known name in the acting game. So, he seems like a pretty good choice to star in a biopic about famed designer Yves Saint Laurent. The film is called, simply, Saint Laurent, and has been written by frequent Jacques Audiard collaborator Thomas Bidegain and will be directed by Bertrand Bonello (House of Tolerance). If you find yourself sitting there wearing a hoodie and a horror movie t-shirt, and are now in need to go Google who Yves Saint Laurent was…go ahead. We’ll wait. [THR]

Juliette Binoche

Juliette Binoche

Daniel Day-Lewis, Denis Lavant, Johnny Depp, William Shimell… the club of actors who have gotten to share screen time with France’s radiant goddess, Juliette Binoche, is an elite and enviable one, and one that Clive Owen is about to join. Binoche and Owen have just signed on to be the leads in a romantic drama called Words and Pictures that’s coming from Message in a Bottle director Gerald DiPego. The story is about an English teacher and an art teacher who get it on at a stuffy New England prep school, thus making their lives complicated. Probably not so complicated that getting it on with Clive Owen or Juliette Binoche wasn’t worth it though. Lucky bastards. [via ComingSoon]


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