What is Casting Couch? It’s one more shot of casting updates before you’re off to enjoy your weekend. Read on for stories involving Anne Hathaway, Gerard Depardieu, and Scarlett Johansson.
Helena Bonham Carter has always had an otherworldly quality to her. That’s probably why she’s spent much of her career playing queens, witches, ape women, junkies, and the like. And it’s probably why Kenneth Branagh has tapped her to play a very magical role in his upcoming live action take on Cinderella. THR is reporting that she’s been hired to play Cinderella’s fairy godmother, the mystical benefactor who’s famous for helping the little servant girl along by turning pumpkins into stage coaches and water into wine, or whatnot. She joins a pretty stacked cast that features names like Downton Abbey’s Lily James as the title character, Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden as the charming prince, and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother.
Who just revealed that he’s going to be appearing in what’s sure to be a huge and exciting movie? Casey Affleck just revealed he’s going to be in what’s sure to be a huge and exciting movie. Recently he did an interview with Elle [via Coming Soon], and when asked if he had any projects coming up that he could talk about, he dropped this bomb on them, “I’ve got a movie coming out at Thanksgiving called Out of the Furnace, and I’m going to work on a Chris Nolan movie in the fall.” What’s Christopher Nolan working on in the fall? Oh, just that epic sci-fi project he’s doing with Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, and Anne Hathaway called Interstellar. No big deal.
Speak the name Anne Hathaway and she shall appear. It turns out she also made some news in the casting world today, as THR broke the story that she’s getting ready to both produce and star in The Lifeboat, which is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Charlotte Rogan. The 1914-set story is about a shady-sounding recent widower/newlywed who has to stand trial for murder. You see, she and her new husband survived the sinking of a transatlantic voyage, and there are some questions as to how they secured their positions on an overcrowded life boat, because whispers coming from the other survivors seem to be claiming that things got a little murdery when they were out there on the open waters. This is great casting, because it would so be Hathaway who got the blame if she was involved in an uncomfortable situation like this. She’s got so many haters.
The Frenchest man alive, Gerard Depardieu, seems to be fully embracing his recent time spent as an official citizen of Russia. Not only has he been photographed in public wearing one of those furry Russian hats, but now THR is reporting that he’s going to be starring in a Russian comedy called Sports Without Borders. In it he’ll be playing Sergei Romanov, the manager of the Russian Olympic ski squad who when ordered to win gold in the upcoming games at any cost fires all of the Russian coaches and brings in a ringer from Austria who’s known for his unconventional coaching techniques. You heard that right. A man named Gerard Depardieu is going to be playing a character named Sergei Romanov. Acting!
How’s this for some unusual casting news—Scarlett Johansson has just been added to a film that’s already finished shooting. Whuh? Vulture has the story, which involves Spike Jonze and his upcoming movie about,”a lonely writer who develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need,” Her. Apparently the film shot with Samantha Morton on set providing the voice of this “operating system,” but once Jonze got in the editing room, he decided that what she was doing in the role wasn’t exactly what he was looking for after all. Enter Johansson and the dulcet tones of her sexy, smoky voice. Everybody wins. Well, everybody except for Samantha Morton, but she’s a talented gal. She’ll land on her feet.