Harrison Ford

What is Casting Couch? It’s your handy roundup of news stories regarding which actors managed to land gigs over the weekend. Today we have an update on what’s going on with Guardians of the Galaxy as well as news of who gets to be Johnny Depp’s latest leading lady.

Film fans have been keeping a close eye on Harrison Ford in recent weeks, just waiting for the official confirmation that he’s going to be reprising his legendary role as Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ new Star Wars movie. Today we all got a curve ball thrown at us though. While it’s looking more and more likely that Ford will indeed be revisiting his legendary role, it also appears that he’s not done making new legends. THR is reporting that he’s now the latest name to sign on to Anchorman 2, where he’ll be playing a “legendary newscaster” who’s being likened to Tom Brokaw. Given that description, one can’t help but imagine a perfectly quaffed Ford smelling of tanned leather, scotch, and stale tobacco, and wonder if this character is going to be a rival to Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy, or possibly a mentor figure. Either way, it should be interesting to see Ford going for something this broadly comedic. You know, given how grumpy he is.

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Director Bryan Singer seems to be continuing with his strategy of breaking all of the casting news concerning X-Men: Days of Future Past on his Twitter account before anyone else can get to it. Not only has he officially confirmed the rumors that Halle Berry is joining the film in order to reprise her role as the weather witch, Storm, but he’s also announced that a new face has joined the mutant melee as well. According to a new Tweet, Omar Sy, the star of the French film The Intouchables, is the latest to sign on. Given the fact that Sy is a black dude and Days of Future Past is going to involve time travel, many fans are already hypothesizing that he’s going to be playing the time traveling X-Man from the future, Bishop. However, other fans have already countered that argument by pointing out that Bishop wasn’t yet introduced during the original “Days of Future Past” story, and that it actually featured Kitty Pryde as the mutant who was doing the time traveling. And still, Bishop’s involvement wouldn’t be without precedent, as the 90s X-Men cartoon already folded his origin story in with Days of Future past and made him one of their version of the tale’s primary characters. What to believe?

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There are tons of movie buffs out there who would name drop David Lynch if pressed to come up with their favorite director of all-time, but despite the fact that he has appeared on camera in a handful of things, not too many people think of him as being an actor. This isn’t stopping him from taking a role in a new movie though. The film is called A Fall From Grace, and it’s actually being directed by his daughter, Jennifer Lynch. Tim Roth stars as a detective hunting down a serial killer, and in a meta twist of fate, Lynch will be directing Lynch in the role of the Roth character’s father. The younger Lynch told THR, “I didn’t write the role with him in mind, but I was thinking of him because he calls up so many powerful and yet fragile elements in my life and because this character is strong but broken down by dementia. So for me, it’s perfect.” What do you think? Was that “fragile” comment a subtle diss? Kids…

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It seems that there’s still some ongoing activity regarding who’s going to play the Thanos-hunting powerhouse, Drax the Destroyer, in James Gunn’s upcoming Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. It was reported not too long ago that the role had been offered to Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa, but that negotiations regarding specific dollar figures were still ongoing. Given how much a big role in a Marvel movie can do for an actor’s career, we didn’t think that money was going to end up being much of an issue, but a new report hints at the idea that this might not be the case. The Latino Review has a new update that says Momoa and Marvel are still haggling over dollar figures, and while this goes on, former professional wrestler Dave Bautista has stepped back into the picture as a very possible alternate candidate should things with Khal Drogo not work out. They’re even looking at Kevin Durand as a backup to their failsafe, so it looks like the casting on this one is far from being solidified.

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Been wondering who would get the gig as leading lady opposite Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister’s upcoming sci-fi film, Transcendence? A few months ago we heard that Pfister was looking at a short list of actresses including Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt, and Rebecca Hall, and today Alcon Entertainment has confirmed that it was indeed Hall who ended up getting the job. What exactly Transcendence is about is still somewhat of a mystery, but it’s generally understood that it’s somehow going to involve Depp’s character having his brain uploaded into a computer, and it’s generally thought that a female scientist is going to be involved with this uploading. Seeing as Hall is decidedly female, and a talented actress to boot, this could be a match made in heaven. Cyber heaven.


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