What is Casting Couch? It’s still got its ear to the RSS feeds looking for casting news, even though the studios are probably waiting until the holiday is over to release any more. Still, we were able to find out about some new jobs for child actors, as well as who John Stewart has been busy recruiting for Rosewater.
When James Franco announced that he wanted to make a movie adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, pretty much everyone said it was a bad idea and shouldn’t be done. But he did it anyway, and now the film has played Cannes. Never being one to stop tempting fate, Franco’s success has led to him deciding he now wants to adapt another, even less structured for the cinema Faulkner story, The Sound and the Fury. Not only does he feel like he’s cobbled together enough sources of financing to get it done, but according to a report from the LA Times, he also feels like he can get Mad Men star Jon Hamm to appear in the film as the family it feature’s patriarch, Mr. Compson, his brother Dave Franco as Quentin Compson, and Danny McBride in a role that’s still undisclosed. Scheduling issues just need to be ironed out, and then it’s all a go. Franco himself intends on appearing in the film as well.
Who’s the latest name to join the expansive cast of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice? According to a report from Deadline, it’s VEEP star Timothy Simons. This guy isn’t exactly a household name yet, but he’s turned enough heads over on HBO to land a role in this as well as in Ivan Reitman’s upcoming film about the NFL Draft, Draft Day, so it’s looking like he could be someone who we see more and more of in the coming years. Shooting is currently underway on Inherent Vice, so one would think we’re finally getting to the end of the casting updates for this one.
Joey King, who’s currently being cute and precocious in Roland Emmerich’s fun and underseen White House Down, has just landed herself another job. Deadline is reporting that the young actress is going to be joining Zach Braff’s infamous directorial followup to Garden State, Wish I Was Here, in the role of the Braff character’s 12-year-old daughter. Her character’s description says that she’s very serious about her Jewish education, and upset that her father wants to begin teaching her at home, which should afford her plenty more opportunity to be cute and precocious.
Speaking of young actors, Deadline also has the scoop on a couple of new ones who have joined the cast of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Apparently Let Me In’s Dylan Minnette is on board in the role of Alexander’s older brother, and Brothers & Sisters’ Kerris Dorsey is also signed up as his sister. They join Ed Oxenbould, who’s playing the Alexander role, as well as Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner, who are all set to be the parents.
An actress named Bianca Haase has reportedly joined the cast of Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and like every other woman named Bianca you’ve ever been aware of in your life, it turns out she’s quite fetching. According to Deadline, she’s going to be playing a character who exists as a love interest for Clark Duke, because the nerdy guy in the group is always the one who ends up dating gorgeous girls named Bianca, you know? If only real life was more like wacky time-travel comedies, things would make a heck of a lot more sense.
Been wondering what John Stewart has been up to ever since he took a sabbatical from The Daily Show to work on his debut as a writer and director of feature film, Rosewater? Well, he’s at least been looking at names to fill out the rest of its cast. We’ve known for a long time now that Gael Garcia Bernal is going to star in this film about a journalist who was unfairly imprisoned in Iran for more than 100 days, but other than that, the rest of his cast has remained a mystery. Until now. Deadline is reporting that Stewart has just signed Shohreh Aghdashloo in the role of the Bernal character’s mother. If you think you may have heard of Aghdashloo before, that’s probably because she got a Best Supporting Actress nomination back in 2003 for House of Sand and Fog, which is nothing to sneeze at.