What is Casting Couch? It’s not an actual couch, you guys. Seriously, stop it.
Kristen Wiig may have walked away from her regular gig on Saturday Night Live to focus on her film career, but she would be insane to walk away from the chemistry she has with her former SNL cast mate Bill Hader; getting those two together is always a comedy goldmine. And though they’ve appeared together as a big screen duo before, they’ve never really gotten the chance to anchor a film together as the stars. That all changes now! Variety is reporting that the twosome have signed up for an indie comedy called Skeleton Twins, where they will play two estranged twins who reunite after both have near death experiences on the same day. Luke Wilson is also set to appear as Wiig’s husband, a character who is described as being a “nature frat boy,” whatever that means. Regardless, the results are bound to be hilarious.
The worst thing that ever happened to Dwayne Johnson was when Hollywood got their claws into him and convinced him to drop a bunch of weight, star in children’s movies, and stop associating with his pro wrestling past. Sure, this strategy got him a couple Disney paydays, but it then led to a slow slide into obscurity. Lately though, Johnson has put on an obscene amount of muscle, resumed body slamming bad guys as The Rock, and taken roles almost exclusively in sweaty action movies… and his career has never been hotter. Deadline is reporting that this trend is going to continue, because those rumors that he was going to star in Brett Ratner’s Hercules have just become official. Is there anywhere left on The Rock’s body to add muscle? If so, this will probably be the project that motivates him to find it.
David Cronenberg’s potential project, Maps to the Stars, which is said to be about the world of Hollywood agents and managers, has been getting whispered about for a while, without gaining any real traction. But Deadline reports that now Cronenberg is done making the media rounds for his latest film, Cosmopolis, the project seems to be full speed ahead. And, just in case you want proof, he’s looking to sign Rachel Weisz as the female lead to make things official. Regular Cronenberg collaborator Viggo Mortensen and Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson are both thought to be already on board, but apparently official deals have yet to be signed by any of these three actors. Let’s get on that, people!
It’s been a long time since Tim Robbins has directed a movie—since Cradle Will Rock in 1999 actually—so it’s pretty dang exciting that Deadline is reporting he’s getting ready to slip back behind the camera for a dysfunctional family film called Man Under. And it’s equally exciting that, in addition to Robbins taking an acting role for himself, he’s also signed the stunning duo of Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Mortez to star. If you’ll remember, Pfeiffer and Moretz have worked together before, very believably playing a mother/daughter duo in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. That movie was kind of a ridiculous disaster though, so it will be interesting to see what these two ladies with a kind of uncanny resemblance can do together when working under someone else’s direction. The results at least have to be better than Dark Shadows, don’t they?