Casting Couch: George Clooney’s Next Nabs Bill Murray and Daniel Craig, Ti West Casts ‘The Sacrament,’ and More

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The big casting news over the weekend was all of the big names that were announced for George Clooney’s next project as a director, The Monuments Men. Deadline had the scoop that this period drama about a group of art historians and museum curators trying to recover important and historical works from the clutches of the Nazis is going to star names like Bill Murray, Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban. As far as I know none of these people can even speak German, but you’ve still got to look at that list and be impressed. You could cast this crew as an office full of telemarketers and everyone would still watch the movie, making them heroes during the dying days of the Nazi regime is just icing on the cake.

Speaking of actors that probably can’t speak German… Variety is reporting that burgeoning young actress Ashley Hinshaw has landed a couple new roles. The first is in the Gael Garcia Bernal-starring Deserted Cities, where she will play an employee at a writer’s workshop (scintillating!). The second is in a film called Goodbye to All of That, which is about a divorced guy trying to start a new life with his daughter, and also stars Paul Schneider, Judy Greer, and Kathryn Hahn. So far we’ve only really seen Hinshaw play the crush in Chronicle and the chick stuck in a bad movie in About Cherry, so maybe one of these new roles will give us a better indication of whether or not she’s got some acting chops to go along with her many, many striking features.

Remember when we learned that Eli Roth would be producing Ti West’s next horror movie, The Sacrament, and that he was going to be trying to take West’s career to the next level? Well the cast that Roth and West have assembled to hopefully capture the world’s attention has been announced (via ComingSoon), and turns out it contains more than one horror veteran. From V/H/S comes Joe Swanberg and Kentucker Audley, from West’s past film, The House of the Devil, comes AJ Bowen, You’re Next actress Amy Seimetz is also on board, and, heck, they even got that gas station attendant that Anton Chigurh creeps out in No Country, Gene Jones. I wonder what awful thing they’ll come up with for him to experience in this one?

Wes Bentley’s career may have crashed and burned a bit after he played the creepy kid from American Beauty, leading to him doing things like being the bad guy in Ghost Rider, but lately it seems to be back on an upswing. He had ridiculous facial hair in The Hunger Games, he just did a Terrence Malick movie called Knight of Cups, and now Deadline reports that he’s been cast in the Abigail Breslin-starring Final Girl. This one’s a thriller in which Breslin’s character has some bad things done to her by some boys out in the woods, and decides to forgo forgiving and forgetting afterward. No, instead she decides to have Bentley train her into the ultimate killing machine so that she can exact gruesome revenge. This one sounds like it’s going to have mass appeal. Haven’t we all been there at some point in our lives? Sitting in our bedroom, battered, and planning Wes Bentley-based revenge?

Did you know that the drummer from U2 is an actor? Well, that’s probably because for the longest time he wasn’t. But now he is! Last year he appeared in a Donald Sutherland movie called Man on the Train, and Screen Daily brings us the new news that he’s also just joined director Erik Poppe’s next, A Thousand Times Goodnight. Here he’ll be joining more experienced actors such as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and screen goddess Juliette Binoche. Oh yeah, to be clear, the drummer from U2’s name is Larry Mullen Jr. Some people might not know that, because it’s not something ridiculous like Bono or The Edge.

Last but not least is Luke Wilson. He of embiggening head and crooked-nosed brother has just signed on to an ensemble rom-com about a guy who plays at being platonic friends with a married woman so he can break up her marriage and sweep her off her feet called A Many Splintered Thing. According to Deadline he’ll be joining a cast that already includes Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Topher Grace, Aubrey Plaza, and Giovanni Ribisi. Hopefully he’ll be playing the sensible guy who stands in the background reacting incredulously to how ridiculous everyone else’s behavior is. That’s when he’s his most charming.

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Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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