What is Casting Couch? Casting news concerning names like Paul Giamatti, James Franco, Emmy Rossum, Mia Wasikowska, and even more. Many, many, more. We’re bursting.
Now that she’s ruled the box office with her starring role in The Hunger Games and ruled awards season with her Oscar win for The Silver Linings Playbook, there’s only one logical next place for Jennifer Lawrence to go—the producer’s chair. That’s right, when an actor becomes a real force in Hollywood, we generally see them take a more creative role over the movies that they star in, and Variety is reporting that she’s going to be beginning that process by both starring in and producing her next project, Rules of Inheritance. From an Abi Morgan adaptation of Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoirs, and to be directed by Susanne Bier, Rules of Inheritance will see Lawrence playing a young woman “who loses her family, but finds herself in the process.” There’s a silver lining.
Talented people like Javier Bardem are always in high demand and short supply, so it’s not surprising that Deadline is reporting the first-rate thespian has just booked himself roles in two new features. First off, he’s set to star in JC Chandor’s next film, A Most Violent Year, and secondly, he’s going to co-star with Sean Penn in a movie called The Gunman for Pierre Morel. Not much info has been given about what these movies are about, but given the titles and the talent involved, you can probably predict their general tone. What I’m saying is, they’re going to be violent.
When he’s not showing up in spy photos from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it seems like Paul Giamatti must be hard at work looking for new jobs. The Wrap is reporting that he’s just signed a deal to join Bill Pohlad’s indie biopic of Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy. Giamatti will reportedly be playing the role of Wilson’s therapist, Dr. Eugene Landy, in this film that focuses largely on the musician’s mental illness. He joins a cast that already includes Paul Dano and John Cusack, who are both set to portray Wilson, but at different periods in his life. That’s kind of weird, seeing as they’re both famous and all, right? I wonder if they’re going to Looper their faces?
There’s bad news for Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming gothic horror movie, Crimson Peak. No, it’s not that Del Toro has gotten distracted and is moving on to another project, like you may imagine, it’s just that Emma Stone has had scheduling issues, and has been forced to drop out of the cast. The bright side of this situation is that Del Toro and his people are already negotiating with Mia Wasikowska to take her place though, so the film shouldn’t lose any of its acting pedigree. You can’t just get some nobody to act opposite names like Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain, after all. A talent like Wasikowska should fit in quite nicely. Hopefully she becomes official soon. [The Wrap]
Kung-Fu Panda director Mark Osborne is about to make an animated adaptation of a French fairy tale called The Little Prince, and according to a report from Heat Vision, the voice cast he’s recruited to bring his characters to life is pretty impressive. This story, about a downed pilot who meets a boy who claims that he’s a prince from an asteroid in the sky, has Jeff Bridges on board to voice the pilot, as well as a star-studded stable of names like James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro and Paul Giamatti backing him up in undisclosed roles. That’s three recent Oscar winners all being recruited to make a movie about a pilot who sucks at flying and a little boy who’s a liar. Impressive.
What’s this new movie Comet that Deadline is reporting about? Well, it sounds pretty indie, and it sounds pretty quirky. From writer/director Sam Esmail, Comet is one of those movies that jumps around in time over the course of a couple’s long relationship, probably to show the juxtaposition of what they were like when they were falling in love versus when they were falling out of love, or whatnot. There seems to be a twist in the usual formula here though, as it’s mentioned that the story also takes place in a parallel universe. Hmm. Anyway, the casting news is that Esmail has Justin Long and Emmy Rossum on board to play his couple, and they’re an attractive pair of young actors if I’ve ever seen one.