What is Casting Couch? Today it’s the way to get news regarding all of those upcoming super hero sequels. Tomorrow it might be something else.
Though we’ve still yet to have the pleasure of taking in the first two installments of Marvel’s super hero movie Phase II, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is already coming up in 2014, so it’s probably about time we started hearing some casting news. And, wouldn’t you know it, Variety brings us just that. Not only has the trade revealed that End of Watch, The Grey, and Warrior star Frank Grillo will be joining the cast as the Red Skull’s brutal henchman Crossbones, but they also have news that some familiar SHIELD faces from The Avengers will be showing back up in Cap’s second solo adventure. More specifically, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders’ Agent Maria Hill, and Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff will all be coming back. You remember them, right?
The Keeping Room is a Civil War-era story that was penned by newcomer Julia Hart and is going to be directed by Daniel Barber (Harry Brown). It’s about two sisters and a slave girl getting trapped in their home and being forced to defend it from a band of Union soldiers who have broken off from the war and are looking to do some pillaging. Why are we talking about this now? Because THR reports that Barber and company have just cast Hailee Steinfeld and Olivia Wilde as the sisters, and Nicole Beharie as the slave girl. Steinfeld, of course, impressed audiences with her performance in the Coen brothers’ True Grit, Olivia Wilde impresses everyone wherever she goes, and Beharie, you might remember her from Woman Thou Art Loosed, or from going on that date with Michael Fassbender in Shame. Harry Brown was pretty awesome and these ladies all rule, so this one should be worth keeping an eye on.
Haley Bennett is an actress who you may remember seeing through your tears as you watched Marley and Me, or as the cute neighbor in Joe Dante’s The Hole, which finally got released recently. She’s a real up and comer, so Variety is reporting that she’s doing what all up and coming actresses do early in their careers: she’s starring in a horror movie. The horror movie in question is called Kristy, and it’s a story about a girl who is targeted as the victim of a gang that’s being favorably compared to Rosemary’s Baby. Donkey Punch director Oliver Blackburn is set to helm. If you’re a fan of young actresses screaming, you might want to mark this one down, because Bennett is also set to be in that Terrence Malick movie that’s scheduled for 2013, so this might be the last time she has to take a job screaming and getting soaked in Karo syrup.
Thomas Ian Nicolas
Speaking of horror movies, it was announced today [via ComingSoon] that Brian A. Metcalf is going to write/produce/direct one called The Lost Tree, and apparently he’s already got his cast in place. A story about a man who’s feeling guilty about the death of his wife, so he goes out to a woodsy cabin to find isolation, The Lost Tree stars Thomas Ian Nicolas and Clare Kramer as the husband and wife, Michael Madsen as the guy’s dad, Lacey Chabert as the guy’s co-worker, and Scott Grimes as a real estate agent; presumably the real estate agent who puts him into an isolated cabin where terrible things happen. Can’t imagine that guy getting any repeat business.
One of the most memorable things about Robert Rodriguez’s first go-around with Frank Miller’s Sin City material was that it was full of so many pretty ladies. Well, good news, it looks like Sin City 2 will be carrying on this tradition. THR reports that joining Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson in the cast will be Jaime King and Jamie Chung, two lovely ladies with very similar names. King will be playing Wendy, the twin sister of the Goldie character that she played in the first film, while Chung will be stepping into the role of Miho, who was originally portrayed by Devon Aoki. Interestingly enough, THR also reports that, despite the fact that Sin City 2 recently started shooting, a couple of the bigger roles in the film still haven’t been filled. Rodriguez has yet to find someone to play the character of Dwight, who eventually has plastic surgery to look like Clive Owen, as well as someone for the character of Ava, who was originally written for Angelina Jolie. What’s up with that, Mr. Rodriguez? We can’t take this kind of worry.