What is Casting Couch? It’s your hookup when it comes to finding out what Hollywood’s A list (and B list, and sometimes C list) is going to be up to next. Today we’ve got updates that will be of particular interest to fans of creepy little kids and Cougar Town.
After not at all shaming herself by being featured in last year’s beloved and not at all wretched compilation of comedic shorts, Movie 43, Halle Berry seems to have gotten a taste for doing comedy, because Variety is reporting that she’s all set to both produce and star in a new indie comedy called Mother. In it she’ll be playing a woman who leaves a mobster she was going to marry at the altar, who tries to hide out afterward by pretending to be some kid’s mother, but who then blows her cover due to her generally erratic behavior. It’s true that this plot synopsis is too weird and vague to give us any idea of what this movie is really going to be like, but whatever it is it has to be better than Berry strapping on comically large rubber boobs and mugging for the camera. Oh, Movie 43.
Jake Hoffman, son of legendary actor Dustin Hoffman, is looking to start a career as a director of feature films, and in order to do so he’s recruited Krysten Ritter and Australian actor Benedict Samuel to star in his first project, Asthma. This one is reportedly going to be a drama about the consequences of coming up in New York City’s hard partying indie rock scene, where apparently way more debauchery goes on than people give skinny jean-wearing, PBR-drinking little rocker dudes credit for. Good on you, naval-gazing indie rock people. Good on you. [Deadline]
Remember Pierce Gagnon, that creepy little kid from Looper who was hiding a very dangerous secret? Word out of Deadline is that he’s landed another gig, only one that doesn’t sound quite as cool as being a pint-sized badass in a movie about time travel. This time around he’ll be playing Zach Braff’s son in that new movie Braff is writing, directing, and starring in, Wish I Was Here. Before that though, we’ll be able to hear Gagnon doing a voice for next year’s Rio 2, as well as see him appearing in A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle alongside Joel McHale, so if you’re not yet sold on his skills, you’ll have a couple more chances to get on board before Wish I Was Here hits theaters.
Former Northern Exposure hottie Janine Turner is making her way to the big screen. Deadline reports that she’s just joined the cast of Solace, a thriller that stars Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins. In it Hopkins plays a retired doctor and current psychic who’s helping Farrell’s FBI agent character solve a murder investigation. Turner will be playing the Hopkins characters’ wife, which isn’t quite as fun as getting to pretend that you have psychic powers yourself, but at least it’s something.
Deadline is reporting that David Oyelowo, who you may remember from things like The Last King of Scotland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Red Tails, is being rewarded for his consistently good work by getting a starring role in a movie. The film, called Nightingale, will see him playing a man who’s obsessively in love with an old friend of his that he knew in the army, and who spirals out of control as a reunion with this old friend approaches. Elliott Lester (Blitz) will be directing the film, which comes from a script by Frederick Mensch.
Josh Hopkins, who’s probably best known for being the handsome guy on Cougar Town, has just scored what is being described as a “lead role” in a new indie. The film is called Kelly and Cal, and according to The Wrap it stars Juliette Lewis as Kelly, a former punk rocker who’s now miserably trapped in the drudgery of married life in the suburbs, but who finds some sort of comfort when she develops a relationship with a teenager named Cal (Jonny Weston) who was injured in a terrible car accident. Hopkins will be playing the boring prep who Kelly is married to.