What is Casting Couch? It’s a roundup of casting news, and today it’s a total sausage fest. When the guests at the news party are as charming as Michael Peña and Christopher Plummer though, it’s hard to complain.
Unless you’re one of the few people who sat through The Odd Life of Timothy Green and haven’t repressed the memory, it’s not likely you’ve ever seen a Joel Edgerton performance and come away disappointed. And unless you’re just an absolute monster, it’s not likely you’ve ever seen a Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) movie and come away disappointed either. Put the two of them together and what do you get? Apparently a “present-day sci-fi chase film” that’s also going to star Michael Shannon. Or, at least, that’s what a Variety report claiming that Edgerton is currently negotiating to join Nichols’ next project says. I probably don’t have to tell you that this all sounds very intriguing.
If this summer’s Pain and Gain didn’t give you nearly enough of Mark Wahlberg planning elaborate crimes, then you’re going to love the news that he’s set to star in a new film called American Desperado, which is based on a memoir of the same name by Jon Roberts that also has the subtitle, ‘My Life—From Mafia Soldier To Cocaine Cowboy To Secret Government Asset.’ Sounds scintillating, right? If you’ve seen the documentary Cocaine Cowboys, then you already know that it is, because Roberts was the subject there as well. Peter Berg is set to direct this dramatized version of Roberts’ story, which involves drug cartels, the CIA, gun-running, and all sorts of crazy stuff.
What’s Ryan Reynolds up to? Always something, isn’t he? But his next project sounds a heck of a lot more interesting than the usual generic tripe he gets thrown in. Deadline is reporting that he’s all set to co-star with acting atom bomb Ben Mendelsohn in Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden’s (Half Nelson, Sugar) next film, Mississippi Grind. This one is apparently a road trip movie wherein a down on his luck gambling addict takes a young gambling prospect under his wing and teaches him how to ruin his life with gambling. Or maybe they teach each other how not to ruin their lives? It’s unclear. But the movie is definitely set in the south.
A new movie called The Vatican Tapes has just announced its cast [via Coming Soon], which is notable because the list is headed up by everyone’s new favorite actor, Michael Peña. He’ll be playing a priest who’s tasked with investigating the possible possession of a 27-year-old lady, who turns out to be very much possessed, indeed—with “an ancient Satanic force” even. Joining him for the ride will be Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, John Patrick Amedori and Alex Sparrow. Mark Neveldine (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) is directing.
Losing a legend like Michael Caine from your cast is probably never a good thing, but when you’re able to replace him with an equally legendary and talented name like Christopher Plummer, it’s certainly no tragedy either. According to a report from Deadline, this is exactly what’s just happened to Dan Fogelman as he puts together his first film as a director, Imagine. This one stars Al Pacino as a magician in his seventies who’s still out there performing and living the rock and roll lifestyle, until a long lost letter that was written to him by a 19-year-old John Lennon shows up and changes his life forever. Plummer is stepping into the role of the Pacino character’s manager.