What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that always keeps its promises. Yesterday we promised we’d be back soon with Cinderella’s second evil stepsister, and today we deliver.
Given her spindly, spider-like limbs, her silky black hair, and her porcelain skin, it was probably only a matter of time before Krysten Ritter ended up acting in a Tim Burton movie. The girl is basically goth catnip. So, appropriately enough, a report out of Deadline is saying that she just joined Burton’s next project, Big Eyes. This one will see Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams portraying 50s and 60s art sensations Walter and Margaret Keane, and Ritter playing Margaret’s outgoing friend, DeeAnn, who urges her to come out of her shell and stop letting her fast-talking husband take credit for her weird paintings of kids with big eyes.
Can’t get enough of seeing Ray Liotta playing cops and/or robbers? Well you’re not alone. Directing team Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo would agree with you, as they’ve just hired him to star in their next film, Revenge of the Green Dragons, wherein he’ll be playing a New York City cop whose murder investigation sees him becoming involved with a street gang. According to the Variety article that broke the scoop, Justin Chon and Harry Shum Jr. are on board in undisclosed roles as well.
Lionsgate’s upcoming horror thriller, Reawakening, is very quietly compiling a really top notch cast. Already director David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) had Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde in starring roles, and now The Wrap is reporting that he’s just added Community’s Donald Glover as well as American Horror Story’s Evan Peters. That’s a lot of talent both in front of and behind the camera for a movie about research assistants who figure out how to reanimate dead bodies. Hopefully they all come up with something cool.
It seems like if your movie needs a little girl, young Sterling Jerins has established herself as today’s trusty go-to. She’s playing Brad Pitt’s daughter in World War Z, Patrick Wilson’s daughter in The Conjuring, and now Variety is reporting that she’s joined the cast of Rob Reiner’s upcoming comedy, And So It Goes, alongside acting veterans Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. Could there possibly be a more exciting opportunity for a young person to better learn their craft than by acting opposite Douglas and Keaton? Seriously though, somebody should make sure this girl is finding time to go to school.
Now that Downton Abbey vet Dan Stevens has freed himself of commitments to television, he’s been pretty steadily filling his calendar with film roles. So good on him, even if his departure kind of wrecked that show. Anyway, Variety is reporting that his latest gig is coming from an indie pic that director Adam Wingard is doing called The Guest, which will see him playing a “dark role” where he returns from a tour of duty with the armed forces pretending to be someone he’s not, and ends up befriending a family who is unaware of his deception. We call this move, “pulling a Dick Whitman.”
Today we’ll end things by sticking to Downton Abbey. Yesterday we theorized that a second young actress with experience doing period work would likely soon be announced as the other evil stepsister in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, and lo and behold, today we’ve got just such an announcement. No, Branagh hasn’t hit for the costume drama television show cycle and gotten someone from The Tudors like was theorized, but he did dip back into the Downton cast in order to recruit Sophie McShera, better known as the estate’s hard luck cook Daisy. She’ll be joining Holliday Grainger in making fellow Downton cast member Lily James’ life miserable. [Heat Vision]