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What is Casting Couch? It’s a gathering together of the industry’s casting news, a collection of that last little bit of work agents are doing before they abandon their desks for the extended holiday weekend. Today we’ve got new Woody Allen players, new Beach Boys, and new jobs for Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

A deal is currently on the table that may lead to Nic Cage starring in director Terry Zwigoff’s (Bad Santa) next sure-to-be-crude film. The project is called Lost Melody, and if the negotiations with Cage go well it will see him playing a man who decides to give up hope regarding his shrew wife in order to fall in love with a prostitute (that old mid-life crisis cliche again?). Zwigoff co-wrote the script with Melissa Axelrod, who seems to have worked doing odd jobs for the director going all the way back to Crumb. [The Wrap]dashes

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

Variety is reporting that Kevin Costner just closed a deal to star in one of those inspirational coach movies that we get every other year or so. This one is called McFarland, and it will see him playing the coach of an 80s-era high school track team from a largely hispanic school who must “overcome social and physical hurdles to become champions.” This one is based on a true story, of course, so just chew on the fact that kids with brown skin had to overcome “social hurdles” to be accepted as runners as recently as the 1980s. Runners. That’s some hardcore racism right there.dashes

Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver

Woody Allen’s next film, which is still untitled but we know will be starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth, has just added a handful of new names to its cast. Headlining the list seems to be Jacki Weaver and Marcia Gay Harden, but in addition to those ladies, names like Eileen Atkins (Cold Mountain), Simon McBurney (The Last King of Scotland), Hamish Linklater (42), Erica Leerhsen (Hollywood Ending) and Jeremy Shamos (Taking Woodstock) have all been added as well. Not much is yet known about what this new movie is about, but it’s a Woody Allen film, so expect there to be lots of complaining. [The Wrap]dashes

Graham Rogers

Graham Rogers

Now that Love & Mercy has Paul Dano set to play young Brian Wilson and John Cusack set to play old Brian Wilson, it seems to be working hard to fill out the rest of its cast. It’s already been announced that big names like Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks are on board for side roles, and now Variety has a report that the production has started recruiting young actors to fill out the ranks of the 60s-era Beach Boys. In particular, Revolution star Graham Rogers has been hired to portray Al Jardine, and Awkward actor Brett Davern has been brought on board to play the younger Wilson brother, Carl. Better start working on those harmonies, boys.dashes

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

The future looks bright for Scott Pilgrim and A Good Day to Die Hard actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Or, at least, she’s got a couple more gigs coming up. The news comes from Deadline, who reports that not only is she going to be starring in her husband Riley Stearn’s next project, Fault, which will see her playing the brainwashed victim of a cult who needs to be deprogrammed, but she’s also going to be starring in a still-untitled film from actor-turned-director Chris Messina, wherein she’ll be playing an environmental lawyer who has to raise her son alone after her husband flies the coop. The AmericansDerek Luke will be co-starring with her in that one, presumably as the dirtbag dad.


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