What is Casting Couch? It’s all of the day’s most pressing casting news compiled in one convenient place. Today we’ve got a very important update on what David Hasselhof is going to be up to next. The Germans should love this one.
One of the more important characters who’s going to be introduced in the next two Hunger Games movies is Alma Coin, who’s the President of one of the Districts that make up the story’s dystopian world—probably the most important and mysterious of all the Districts too. Anyway, she’s a lady, and she’s the sort of lady who projects quite a bit of competence and authority, so it’s going to be important for director Francis Lawrence to find an experienced actress with some real chops to play her. Low and behold, Deadline has a report that he’s likely found such an actress. According to their sources, Julianne Moore is very close to signing on to take the role, which will finally give her a chance to play a politician with some brains.
Twice now Sandra Bullock has been in talks to play the character of Miss Hannigan in the Will Smith and Jay Z produced adaptation of Annie, and twice now those talks have fallen apart. There’s no reason to fret though, because Bullock isn’t the only mean-looking white lady in Hollywood, and Deadline is reporting that Cameron Diaz has now been signed to play the crotchety crank who runs the orphanage Quvenzhane Wallis’ Annie hangs her hat at. Diaz is an actress who’s normally known for being bubbly and silly, but her recent turn in Bad Teacher proved to everyone that she could turn the bitchiness on when she needs to. If there was ever any doubt.
Though the Brett Ratner-directed Dwayne Johnson-starring Hercules has already been filming for several days now, it turns out Ratner is still doing a little bit of casting. Variety has a report that the latest name he’s added is Twilight and The Grey actor Joe Anderson, who is reportedly joining the film in the role of a marathon runner who Hercules and his crew of warriors use as a scout as they’re tooling around the realm acting as an ancient version of The A-Team—or whatever this movie is going to be about. Isn’t Anderson cute? He’s like a scruffy feral cat who you find behind a dumpster and then clean up and keep as your pet.
Another project that’s already shooting but still adding actors is Saul Dibb’s World War II drama, Suite Française. We’ve already known that this story about a French woman falling in love with a Nazi officer had Michelle Williams, Mathias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley on board its cast, and now a new report from Deadline says that you can add Luther actress Ruth Wilson, The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie, and Rush’s Alexandra Maria Lara to the list as well. Hopefully Wilson will be playing some sort of creepy Nazi lady. She’s so good when she’s being creepy.
Finally, in a first for this column, we’ve got ourselves some David Hasselhoff news. Remember Joe Carnahan’s movie Stretch? It’s the one where Patrick Wilson is playing a limo driver who has to pay off a debt and Chris Pine is playing a psychopath who’s making him do weird things for money? Well, The Wrap is reporting that it’s just added the top-notch trio of Ray Liotta, Shaun Toub, and the Hoff to its already stacked cast. Toub is said to be playing the owner of the limo company, while Liotta and Hasselhoff are expected to do cameos playing themselves. Because, you know, the Hoff is a limousine riding, jet flying son of a gun.