Today was basically Godzilla day on the Internet. All sorts of news regarding Legendary Pictures’ reboot of the big green guy’s film series broke, and some of it involves casting. THR broke the news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was being looked at to star, but one of their writers, Borys Kit, was then quick to point out that his potential involvement in the film is long dead. Variety writer Justin Kroll then jumped in with the news that a few names that are still possibilities for the project are Henry Cavill, Scoot McNairy, and Caleb Landry Jones. All of this news comes with a special thanks to /Film, who compiled all the chatter into a tight little narrative.
Even though things between Gordon-Levitt and Godzilla didn’t work out, don’t let that make you think that he’s going to go an entire week without being attached to a high profile project. In more Gordon-Levitt news, Deadline has word that the in-demand actor has just signed on to play a big role in Robert Rodriguez‘s Sin City sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Apparently he’s going to be playing Johnny, a role that was meant to go to Johnny Depp at one point, and that is said to be a core character in the overlapping parts of the film’s story lines. This comes at the same time as news that Gordon-Levitt’s possible involvement in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t going to end up happening, which is essential information if you happen to be exhaustively journaling all of the in and outs of his professional life. Weirdo.
Writer Allison Burnett’s first film as a director since 1997, Undiscovered Gyrl, is being described as an indie drama, but that hasn’t stopped him from recruiting a mainstream group of actors for his cast. Names like Martin Sheen, Robert Patrick, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley were already on board, and now THR has the news that Christian Slater and Justin Long have signed on as well. This one is an adaptation of a 2009 novel that Burnett wrote, which is about a girl who decides to defer going to college for a year in order to “find herself,” and ends up getting into a series of wrong-headed relationships that she chronicles in a blog—and suddenly it starts to make sense why Burnett needs so many big names to sell this one to an audience. Nobody cares about bloggers.
If you hadn’t yet heard, McG’s next movie stars Kevin Costner as a secret service agent who decides to reconnect with his estranged family after he finds out that he’s dying, but who then has to juggle his newly rediscovered family time with one last mission after it’s revealed that it might score him an experimental drug that could save his life. In addition to having Costner in the starring role, McG also already has Hailee Steinfeld and Amber Heard on board, and now Relativity Media [via Coming Soon] has announced that Danish actress Connie Nielsen has joined the film as well. You know what this means, right? There are now officially four actors who are still willing to work with McG, even after he somehow directed Tom Hardy to a boring performance. Good news for him.
Ben Mendelsohn took a little bit more time to break out as an actor than Joel Edgerton after they both impressed in the Australian crime film, Animal Kingdom, but now he’s got so many upcoming projects in the works that he seems to be catching up. In addition to recently showing up in a featured role in Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly and filming a role in Derek Cianfrance’s next film, The Place Beyond the Pines, Mendelsohn is now also in talks to join Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s (Half Nelson) next film, Grind. If Mendolsohn officially signs, he’ll be joining Jake Gyllenhaal, who is set to star as well as produce. [Variety]
While HBO is known for making amazing series, their original movies have yet to earn that same pristine reputation. This could change soon though, because their upcoming film, The Normal Heart, has attracted enough big name talent that it looks like something that could easily get a theatrical release. An adaptation of a Tony-award winning Larry Kramer play that Kramer is adapting for the screen himself, The Normal Heart is set to be directed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy, and, according to Deadline, has just signed Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo for key roles. That’s got to be seen as exciting news, but keep in mind that this one is about AIDS in the ’80s, so Roberts probably won’t be flashing her winning smile too many times and Ruffalo is likely not going to be transforming into a giant rage monster. Still though, what a casting coup.