What is Casting Couch? A list of the weekend’s casting news, headed up by various Guardians of the Galaxy castings, but also including news on what’s up with Judd Nelson.
The cast of Marvel’s space adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy, is getting so extensive, and so many actors appearing in it have been described as having a “lead role,” that it’s starting to get pretty confusing as to how all this stuff is going to fit into one movie. We’ve got intergalactic superheroes, intergalactic police, bounty hunters, liaisons to government agencies on Earth, and who knows how many other players introduced at this point. Nonetheless, Heat Vision has a report that the film has now cast its “lead female villain,” and the lady they’ve got to play the role is Doctor Who’s beloved companion, Karen Gillan. As if this balls crazy movie didn’t have enough geek cred already.
That’s not the end of the new Guardians of the Galaxy news either. Deadline reports that the film has picked up yet another actor, and he’s not even going to be playing either of the two main team members, Groot or Rocket Raccoon, who have yet to be cast. The actor in question is Benicio Del Toro, and the mysterious role he’s been signed up for is one that’s said to be slated for appearances in several upcoming Marvel Studios movies, not just Guardians of the Galaxy.
That bit of intrigue, of course, is something that’s going to be a point of speculation for fans. What sort of character introduced in this space adventure is going to be able to go on to appear in something like Avengers 2? Has Marvel finally found the mo-cap base for its Thanos, or will Del Toro be playing something that we’ve yet to see coming?
What’s next for two-time Oscar Nominee Tom Wilkinson? Millennium Films has announced [via Coming Soon] that they’ve added him to their upcoming thriller Good People, which stars James Franco and Kate Hudson as an American couple living in London who run into some financial trouble and decide to take a morally icky shortcut in order to get themselves back on their feet. Storytelling being what it is, this bit of moral compromise of course leads to their lives going into a downward spiral. The Intouchables’ Omar Sy is also set to appear.
Werewolf movies are fun, huh? Well, when they’re good they are, so hopefully Cold Sweat and Penumbra director Adrian Garcia Bogliano is going to be able to make a good one. His attempt at the genre is going to be called Late Phases, and if it’s going to be a werewolf movie of any repute, then it’s going to need to find some actors to glue fake wolf hair to. Good news on that front—Bogliano has found some.
Shock Till You Drop is reporting that Spartacus’ Erin Cummings and 90s team comedies’ Ethan Embry have just agreed to star in the film. They join the already cast Nick Damici and Gilligan’s Island’s iconic movie star herself, Tina Louise. That’s right everyone, you might finally get the chance to see Tina Louise tear out someone’s throat with her teeth.
You may not have ever heard of Jonathan Bennett, Daniel Ponickly, or Antoinette Kalaj, but chances are you’ve heard of Judd Nelson, and it turns out this trio of actors are on their way to Alaska to shoot a new movie called Mining For Ruby alongside the Breakfast Club vet. To be directed by Zoe Quist and coming from a script by Ponickly, Mining For Ruby is a story about a depressed widower who falls in love with an environmentalist named who’s currently embroiled in a poisonous waste controversy. Ponickly will be the widower, Kalaj will be the environmentalist, and Nelson will be playing a stuffy old professor of some sort. [Variety]
Over the past few years Australian brothers Chris and Liam Hemsworth have become two of the hottest actors working in Hollywood. Even with the success they’ve achieved, however, they still don’t represent the entirety of the Hemsworth family’s plans for world domination. Screen Daily is reporting that there is another brother, Luke Hemsworth, who’s about to receive his first starring role in a film called The Anomaly.
From director Noel Clarke, The Anomaly is being described as a sci-fi action-thriller, and it will see Hemsworth playing, “a traumatized ex-soldier who wakes up in the back of a van, alongside a kidnapped boy, to find that he only has only nine minutes and 37 seconds of consciousness to work out why and how he got there.” Short movie, huh? Ian Somerhalder, Brian Cox, and Alexis Knapp are also set to appear.