What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that’s being written from the waiting area of a body shop today, because the Hollywood machine never stops, and we’ve got to keep up. Today we’ve got news about new jobs for Carey Mulligan, Jessica Alba, and that guy whose name keeps popping up everywhere, James Badge Dale.
Bradley Cooper provided a pretty big casting bombshell regarding Cameron Crowe’s next film while he was giving an interview to the Huffington Post. What exactly Crowe’s next venture is going to be about is still being kept under wraps, but the general rumor is that Cooper will be starring in it, he’ll be playing a defense contractor of some sort, the film will be set in Hawaii, it will feature roles for Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams, and—now the important part—according to Cooper, This is the End scene stealer Danny McBride is going to be part of the cast as well. Crowe and McBride together is likely going to be the craziest thing that’s happened since Matt Damon bought that zoo.
Though reports are that director Clint Eastwood is sticking to his plan of not going after Hollywood actors to play Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons in his upcoming film adaptation of the stage musical Jersey Boys, a report from Deadline says that he has nabbed a big star to play their manager, Jersey mobster Angelo DeCarlo. Word is that screen legend and perennial weirdo Christopher Walken has taken the role, which will hopefully give him another chance to show off some of those dancing skills he displayed in that Fatboy Slim video so many years ago. He was basically the original ‘Blurred Lines’ girl.
Carey Mulligan has landed another job, and in good news for people who like things that are well-written, it’s coming in the form of a film called The Fury, which was penned by Abi Morgan, who also wrote the Mulligan and Michael Fassbender-starring Shame. Deadline has the scoop, and they say that the film is set to be directed by Brick Lane helmer Sarah Gavron, and that it’s going to be about the suffragist movement in the UK.
Joe Carnahan’s upcoming action-comedy Stretch is supposed to be a simple production that’s running on a really small budget, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping it from landing a ton of big name actors. Everyone must be hoping that he’ll give them the opportunity to punch a wolf on camera or something. The latest casting coup Mr. Carnahan has made, according to Deadline, is the acquisition of your crush and mine, Jessica Alba. She joins a cast that already includes Chris Pine, Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, and Brooklyn Decker. That’s a lot of star power for a movie about an ex criminal and a crazy rich guy driving around in a limo.
James Badge Dale has seemingly had roles in four out of every five movies that have come out this year, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be letting up on his busy schedule anytime soon. Variety is reporting that he’s landed yet another role, this time a starring one, in a character-driven drama called Relative Stranger. He’ll be acting alongside Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time) in this story of a Civil War veteran who goes to stay at his brother-in-law’s house and ends up starting a feud with the neighbors.
Another performer with stage chops has been added to Rob Marshall’s fairy tale-inspired musical, Into the Woods. According to a report from Deadline, Tony-winning actress Tammy Blanchard is going to be joining the film, in the role of one of Cinderella’s (who is rumored to be played by Anna Kendrick) evil step sisters. Already Lucy Punch is on board as the other evil step sister, and Christine Baranski is lined up to be the evil step mother. That’s one evil family, but at least they can sing.
Finally, let’s cap things off with some news about an NBA player getting a role in a movie, because unless they’re making Space Jam 2, that’s pretty weird, right? Maybe not when said NBA player is Blake Griffin, who has already displayed a knack for doing comedy due to his involvement with the Funny or Die website. Deadline is reporting that he may now be getting a chance to flex those comedy muscles on the big screen, as he’s currently in negotiations to play himself in an indie comedy called Flock of Dudes, which is about a thirty-something guy who breaks up with his friends so that he can finally grow up. Names like Chris D’elia, Skylar Astin, Hilary Duff, Bryan Greenberg, Jamie Chung, Ray Liotta, Hannah Simone, Marc Maron, and Jeff Ross are already on board the film, which is now filming in LA.