What is Casting Couch? It’s a safe place where you can read all the casting news you want without being afraid that anyone is going to judge you. Today we are happy to inform you that Hollywood has given new jobs to TV funnymen Donald Faison and Ryan Hansen.
From judging reality shows on TV to recently co-starring with Jason Statham in Parker, it seems like Jennifer Lopez is slowly dipping her toes back into the world of celebrity. Probably it’s only a matter of time before we even have to start listening to “J-Lo” music on the radio again. Before you shudder at that notion though, let’s just focus on the movie world. THR is reporting that she’s just taken another role, this one in the dramatic retelling of the Chilean mining collapse of 2010, The 33. We already know that Antonio Banderas is starring in this one, and as an addendum to the news of Lopez’s casting also comes word that Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro are on board as well. That’s only 29 to go.
If the name Ray Winstone doesn’t instantly ring a bell, he’s that charming though gruff English chap you remember from big Hollywood releases like The Departed and Hugo. Yeah, look at him, don’t you just want to pinch his cheeks? Anyway, the news here is that The Gunman keeps looking more and more interesting, because even though it’s got one of those generic secret-agent-being-pursued-by-his-own-people Bourne-knockoff plots, the secret agent being pursued is being played by Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba are two of the dudes doing the pursuing, and now Deadline is reporting that Winstone has joined the film as the Penn character’s mentor. That’s one excellent cast, don’t you think?
Park Chan-wook’s first English-language film, Stoker, was something of a mixed bag, but the one thing everyone seems to be in agreement about concerning its quality is that Matthew Goode gave a magnetic and powerful starring turn as the film’s creepy uncle, and that likely what he did there will lead to him getting higher profile work in the future. Well, we may now be seeing the fruits of that labor, because The Daily Mail is reporting that Goode is the latest name to join Benedict Cumberbatch in the Alan Turing biopic he’s starring in, The Intimidation Game. Goode will reportedly be playing fellow military codebreaker Hugh Alexander. Keira Knightley is also on board in the role of intelligence lady Joan Clarke.
Scrubs charmer Donald Faison is going to get the chance to take the lead role in a movie. According to a report from Deadline, the project is called Ward’s Wife, and it’s described as being a dark comedy about a man named Ward (Faison) who’s sick of being verbally abused by his wife (Dagmara Dominczyk), so he hatches a scheme to kill her. Nicollete Sheridan, Patrick Wilson, James Carpinello, Marika Dominczyk, Amy Acker and Greg Grunberg are all also scheduled to appear in the film. It will be overseen by first time writer/director Scott Foley, who’s probably best known for playing the nice dude on Felicity as well as being related to most of the people in this cast in one way or another.
Rob Thomas keeps announcing new names for the Veronica Mars movie, ya’ll! His most recent correspondence with his Kickstarter backers revealed that The B From Apartment Whatever’s lovely star Krysten Ritter is coming back to reprise her role of Gia Goodman, which she played in a good handful of Veronica Mars episodes back in the day. That’s not even the exciting news though, the exciting news is that series regular Ryan Hansen has also been announced as being on board to once again play the rock stupid and delightfully dickish Dick Casablancas, and he even made a super-fun Youtube video to celebrate his return. This one should be enough to melt the hearts of even the grumpiest rich-people-shouldn’t-be-on-Kickstarter advocates. There’s dancing!