What is Casting Couch? It’s a rundown of recent news about actors getting new jobs. Today it’s mostly focused on handsome young fellows like Gael Garcia Bernal, Hayden Christensen, and Dylan O’Brien.
Due to the fact that they’ve both been constantly working, prolific actors for an unmentionable number of decades, it’s kind of hard to believe that Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman have never appeared in a movie together; but apparently that’s the case. There’s one for the trivia buffs out there. Now one for the news hounds: apparently that streak is about to be broken. Myriad Pictures has announced [via Coming Soon] that the duo are now set to co-star in a comedy called Life Itself, which will see them playing a married couple who decide to make a mint by putting the New York City apartment they’ve spent most of their lives in on the market, but who then end up having second thoughts about trading all of their memories for cold, hard cash.
The biopic of famous modern gangster John Gotti, appropriately titled Gotti, has been through so many iterations and false starts that many might have already given up on the idea of it ever actually getting made. But these days it doesn’t have any combustible elements like Lindsay Lohan attached to its cast, a fairly prominent director in Captain America’s Joe Johnston is signed on to helm, and John Travolta is still on board to star, so maybe it’s found the stability it needs to finally move forward.
One indication that this is a possibility is that its cast is expanding again, as Variety is reporting that veteran over-actor and generally awesome screen presence Anthony Hopkins has just agreed to join its cast. There’s not yet word on what character he might be playing, but as long as he and Travolta get a chance to chew scenery at each other, does it really matter?
Gael Garcia Bernal
It’s true that there’s already been a movie called Evita made about Eva Peron, but Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Aguero still feels like there should be another. Okay, so that’s not completely fair. Actually, Evita is only the working title for the movie that he’s going to be making, and instead of being about the life of Eva Peron, his project is going to be about what happened to her embalmed corpse as it traveled around Europe for 25 years. Sounds interesting, right? But you can’t make a movie starring a corpse, so in addition to Mia Maestro playing the deceased, Gael Garcia Bernal is also being brought on board to play Admiral Emilio Eduardo Massera, one of the important figures in the war waged against the Argentine dictatorship. You see, in addition to being a movie about a dead body, this one is also about politics. James Franco’s As I Lay Dying better watch out. [Variety]
Remember Hayden Christensen? Well, he’s back. And not even in pog form—still in actor form. Variety reports that the Star Wars vet is set to star in an indie thriller called Inner Circle, in which he will play a CIA analyst looking for answers about why his spy father disappeared during the Cold War. As you may imagine, CIA types don’t like people snooping around and trying to find out their secrets, so Christensen’s character soon finds himself sucked into a web of murder and intrigue involving a government agency that nobody even knows exists. You can just go ahead and insert your own joke about Nick Fury showing up to recruit Anakin Skywalker for the Avengers here.
Who is Dylan O’Brien? Not being very “with it,” that’s what I was wondering too. But it turns out he’s one of the stars of MTV’s Teen Wolf series, which has apparently lasted for more than a few episodes, and he’s also set to be one of the leads in that big YA adaptation that Fox has coming up, Maze Runner. All of this work has made young Mr. O’Brien’s schedule pretty packed, but that isn’t stopping him from trying to clear enough room in it to head up another movie. Deadline is reporting that he’s in negotiations to star in a sci-fi film called Glimmer, which is about a group of kids in the future who discover a porthole to the past and end up causing a lot of chaos when their actions begin to change the past. Gone helmer Ringan Ledwidge will be in the director’s chair.