What is Casting Couch? Today it’s the last bits of casting news coming in for the week. That’s it, it’s the weekend, it’s time to see movies that are out, not read about movies that haven’t been made yet. Before we go though, let’s cap things off with news about Bond Girl Rosamund Pike.
As sad as everyone is over Jon Stewart taking a 12 week hiatus from The Daily Show, the silver lining in the story is that he’s taking the time off to try his hand at directing movies, so at least we’ll get to see what a Jon Stewart-directed movie looks like. So far what we know is that it looks like a dramatization of the life of Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was imprisoned and tortured in Iran for 118 days, and that it’s going to be called Rosewater, because that’s what the guy doing the torturing smelled of. The new news here is that we now also know what Stewart’s version of Bahari is going to look like, because The Wrap is reporting that he just cast Gael Garcia Bernal in the role. Who he’ll cast as Jon Stewart in the scene where Bahari goes on The Daily Show is anybody’s guess, but I vote Jason Momoa.
You know how Joss Whedon has said that he’s going to add Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch to Avengers 2? Well, thanks to their mutantness making them characters that fit uniquely into the X-Men universe just as easily as they do the Avengers universe (they’ve been roster members for much of the team’s existence), both Marvel and Fox share their film rights, and Fox is looking to flex their muscles a bit by also adding Quicksilver to their upcoming X-Men movie, Days of Future Past. According to a Tweet from the film’s director, Bryan Singer, American Horror Story star Evan Peters has been cast in the role. What do you think of that, Whedon? Hit him back!
The extended cast for that Tom Hardy-starring thriller about a member of the Soviet police investigating child murders and discovering some sort of coverup, Child 44, seems to now be coming together. We’ve known for a while that the principal cast is made up of Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Noomi Rapace, but now The Wrap is reporting that The Bourne Ultimatum’s Paddy Considine and Zero Dark Thirty’s Fares Fares have joined the film in supporting roles. Fares (Fares) will be playing one of Hardy’s allies, while the role that Considine is taking is still being kept under wraps. Lousy KGB and their lousy secrets.
Isabelle Fuhrman, the actress probably best known for starring in Orphan and appearing in The Hunger Games, is going to headline a new movie from Kevin Connolly, who’s probably best known for acting in Entourage, but who also has some directing work under his belt. The film, called Dear Eleanor, is set in the turbulent but idealized year of 1962, and it’s a coming of age story about two teenage girls traveling across the country during the Cuban Missile Crisis in order to try to meet Eleanor Roosevelt. This all sounds really wholesome, doesn’t it? A modern update of the story would probably have the two girls traveling across the country to meet Amanda Bynes. [Deadline]
And now that Rosamund Pike news that was promised. THR is reporting that she, Shiloh Fernandez, and Nick Nolte have all just signed on to star in a psychological thriller called Return to Sender. The plot synopsis says that Pike is playing a woman who has her life destroyed after going on a blind date with the character played by Fernandez—who isn’t who he says he is—which then leaves her in the position of needing to pick up the pieces while attempting to return to her former self. That sounds vague, but serious. I’m basically just picturing this being a remake of Upstream Color now. Nolte will apparently be playing her dad and not a pig farmer though, so probably not.