What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news round-up that’s been rich with reports all week thanks to deals coming out of Berlin. Also, today we find out what Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are teaming up for next.
There was a period in the ’80s where Michael Keaton may have been the most famous man on the planet, and everything just seemed to be in its right place. While he’s worked fairly steadily ever since, it just never seems like we get to see him in enough movies these days, so every new announcement ends up being exciting. The latest, from Heat Vision, is that Keaton has joined the cast of that video game-inspired car chase movie, Need For Speed. According to the trade, he’ll be playing the eccentric host of an underground race that attracts all the best drivers from around the world—sort of like the Kumite, but with wheels doing burnouts instead of feet kicking faces. Hopefully this affords Keaton plenty of opportunity to snort and chomp gum.
Bloody Disgusting has word that Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, has just managed to catch an angel. Eva Mendes is the latest name to join his cast, which already includes Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn. How to Catch a Monster is supposed to be a modern fairytale with noir influences about a single mother who gets involved in some sort of dark and evil underworld. Of course, any underworld where the women look like this can’t be all that dark or all that evil, but we won’t tell Gosling. Mendes is playing a character named Cat.
K5 International has been making some noise over in Berlin the past couple days. First we’ve got news that they’ve put together a package for a film called Convention that includes a script by Christopher Painter, Justin Reardon in the director’s chair, and a newly-announced cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass, and Ben Kingsley. The report on the project, which comes from THR, doesn’t divulge any plot details, but it does say that this one is going to be a comedy, which is great news because everyone knows that every time Aniston gets put in a comedy she ends up being completely hilarious…
The other big deal K5 International has been responsible for is the revival of Henry Selick’s dead-at-Disney stop-motion animation movie The Shadow King. An eagle-eyed Bleeding Cool spotted the fact that not only has the company released a new image for the film, but they’ve also named names when it comes to the voice cast. This one is going to feature voice work from actors as talented and varied as Jaden Betts, Pamela Adlon, Brendan Gleeson, Jeffrey Tambor, and Catherine O’Hara, which pretty much makes it must-see, even if you weren’t losing your shit over the idea of another Henry Selick movie already.
Jane Levy, the Suburgatory star who’s about to make her mark by leading the upcoming Evil Dead remake, has landed another horror gig. According to Heat Vision the budding young scream queen has been given the lead of In a Dark Place, the next film from Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day director Bharat Nalluri. The film is said to be a strange story about a young woman who moves to England to become the governess of a porcelain doll that an eccentric family treats as their living son. After spending a few days with the doll the family starts to seem a little less crazy though, as she starts to get the strange suspicion that the doll might really be alive. Hopefully alive and murderous, or this is shaping up to be one boring movie.
Writer/director Rowan Joffe’s upcoming thriller, Before I Go to Sleep, just got a whole lot more interesting, because Colin Firth is now official to play one of the lead roles. We’d heard a rumor before that Nicole Kidman was going to star in the film, and that she had a desire for Firth to be her co-star, but now the deal appears to be done. Variety reports that the duo is now officially signed for the film and will be joining the already cast duo of Mark Strong and Anne-Marie Duff. The story is about an amnesiac woman who wakes up every morning with no memory, so she’s trying to reconstruct her mind via a journal that she’s been keeping. Once old shit starts coming to light, suddenly she’s forced to face some uncomfortable truths about everyone around her. That doesn’t sound like it’s going to be half as funny as Dana Carvey’s Clean Slate, but who knows, maybe it will be worth watching anyway?