What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news round-up that continues its jam-packed week with stories involving Jesse Eisenberg, Emile Hirsche, Matt Smith, Kristen Stewart, Pierce Brosnan, and even more. We’re bursting at the seams here, people.
Hearing that übermensch Tom Hardy is going to get a chance to beef up and kick some ass on screen is never a bad thing, so rejoice in the news that he’s just been cast as the lead of an action film called Locke. Anthem announced today [via ComingSoon] that they’ll be financing the film, which comes from a script by and will be directed by Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight. Locke is said to be about a man named Ivan Locke who receives a fateful phone call one day that forces him to put his entire life on the line in a “tension-fueled ninety minute race against time.” Title is the main character’s last name, plot has a real-time element…yeah, this definitely sounds like it was supposed to be a Jason Statham movie. Looks like somebody’s got some competition.
When you think of Godzilla movies, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t generally first-rate acting, it’s first-rate monster destruction. But it’s looking like Gareth Edwards’ upcoming take on the Godzilla franchise is looking to load itself up with damn fine thespians anyway. According to a report from Variety, the production isn’t going to lock down any casting officially until Frank Darabont turns in his rewrite of the script, but before that happens they’re putting some feelers out there and opening up talks with Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen. What roles the two actors are being looked at for is info that’s still under wraps, but if they end up playing Mothra and Ghidorah, then this could possibly be the greatest movie of all time.
Writer/director Chris Eigeman’s latest film, Midnight Sun, is being described as an “atomic bomb drama.” What that means is that it’s set in the ’40s and it’s about a couple of post-grads who get recruited by the government to come to New Mexico and work on creating the world’s first weapon of mass destruction. Interested? How about if we sweeten the pot with the news that the two students are going to be played by Jesse Eisenberg and Emile Hirsch? Not yet? Okay, well Diane Kruger has also been cast as the wife of one the two. Yeah, that did it. Screen Daily reported all this news and says the film is set to shoot this summer.
Ryan Gosling’s debut as a director, How to Catch a Monster, seems to be coming together well. Yesterday we got the news that he had added his flawless in every way girlfriend, Eva Mendes, to the cast, and now today comes the news that he’s found his male lead as well. According to Variety, Gosling has recruited current Dr. Who star, Matt Smith, to take some time out of his busy Time Lording schedule in order to jump the pond and take his first acting job here in the good ol’ US of A. It’s kind of starting to seem like Gosling just gets anything he wants, isn’t it?
It looks like we’re about to find out if Kristen Stewart can make people laugh. Variety is reporting that the dour-faced actress has just joined the cast of The Big Shoe, which is a comedy coming from Secretary director Steven Shainberg. Okay, so maybe describing this thing as a comedy is pushing it a little bit, because Shainberg says that, much like Secretary, this one will combine comedy with eroticism, and I’ve got to say, I don’t remember laughing much during Secretary at all. The film stars Jim Sturgess as a shoe designer and Stewart and Elizabeth Banks as his muse and psychotherapist, respectively.
Jason Bateman has just been set as the star of an ensemble comedy called Game Night. According to Deadline, New Line acquired this project from a pitch by Mark Perez, with said pitch being that this would be a film about a group of couples who regularly meet up to have a game night, but one fateful evening said game night “gets real” and suddenly everyone finds themselves in the middle of a murder mystery. There’s yet to be any word on who might join Bateman as the rest of the ensemble, but if recent advertisements for big screen comedies are any indication, chances are Melissa McCarthy is going to show up in there somewhere. Girlfriend is in everything these days.
Late night host Craig Ferguson is writing movies again! THR has a report that an adaptation of a Stuart Neville novel called “The Twelve” Ferguson penned alongside Ted Mulkerin is being shopped around over in Berlin, and it’s being shopped around with Pierce Brosnan attached as the star. The story is said to be about an IRA hitman who gets released from prison after 20 years and who subsequently becomes haunted by the memory of all his victims. He then decides that he will find no peace until he takes revenge on their behalf, which must consist of… I don’t know… killing himself? Sounds like a bleak story. Crazy that it was written by an Irish guy.