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Casting Couch: Kyra Sedgwick Back on the Big Screen, ‘Sexual Healing’ Finds Marvin Gaye’s Mom, and More

Kyra Sedgwick

What is Casting Couch? Today, it’s welcoming TV’s Kyra Sedgwick back to the big screen.

In recent years, Kyra Sedgwick has had a cushy gig going as the lead of TNT’s The Closer, but now that the series is coming to an end, it’s time for her to get back out there and score some gigs in the film world; and a report from Variety suggests that this is just what she’s doing. The latest feature that she’s signed up for comes from first-time feature director but long-time Terrence Malick collaborator Batan Silva, and it’s an indie sci-fi flick called Rays of Light. Word has it that Sedgwick will be playing the matriarch of a family who’s trying to survive in their estate house after the dying of the sun. Good lord, that’s got to be a metaphor for something.

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S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Now that Lenny Kravitz is out and Jesse L. Martin is in on that Marvin Gaye biopic, Sexual Healing, pre-production on the project seems to be all systems go. I guess whatever beef Gaye’s heirs had with Kravitz must not apply to Martin. Given the film’s new green light to move forward, further casting has to be done, and Deadline is reporting that director Julien Temple is kicking the process off by negotiating with Law & Order actress S. Epatha Merkerson to come on board in the role of Gaye’s mother, Alberta. Word has it that this is something of a Law & Order reunion, as Martin was also on the show, but I’ll have to take the trade’s word for that. All of these one-hour crime procedurals have kind of bled together into a mess of police stations and court rooms at this point, haven’t they?

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Michael Biehn

Michael Biehn

A remake of a Chilean horror film called Hidden in the Woods might not seem like big news at first glance, but suddenly it becomes big news when you learn that it’s going to star ’80s genre legend Michael Biehn. Biehn himself is going to be producing the picture, along with a host of corporate partners, and they’ve got the original Chilean film’s director, Patricio Valledares, on board to come back and do this remake, as well as a cast that includes names like William F’n Forsythe, MMA fighter Krzysztof Soszynski, and a whole host of other people you probably haven’t heard of. This isn’t the first time Forsythe has produced a film either, already he’s done movies with names like The Victim and Treachery, so I don’t think I have to tell you that this new trend is something worth exploring. [Variety]

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Alessandro Nivola

Alessandro Nivola

Another name has joined the new David O. Russell project that we seem to still be referring to as “David O. Russell’s Untitled ABSCAM Pic.” Deadline reports that Alessandro Nivola, who most recently finished shooting Devil’s Knot with Atom Egoyan, but who is definitely most famous for playing Nic Cage’s brother, Pollux Troy, in the modern classic Face/Off, is on board in the role of Reggio, the federal prosecutor who tried the FBI’s sting on a bunch of Congressmen in court. Nivola will be joining the film alongside names like Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence, which I’d imagine is news that just made you a whole lot more interested in seeing a modern historical drama. That cast could read phonebooks to Eskimos…or something.

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 templeofreviews.com

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