What is Casting Couch? It’s likely the only news roundup on the Internet today that has nothing to do with new iPhone features. Instead we’re dealing with movies, and their casting of names like Josh Duhamel, Christoph Waltz, Reese Witherspoon, and Sofia Vergara.
History buffs are usually fascinated by Grigori Rasputin—who was an advisor to the Russian Imperials at the beginning of the 20th century—because political rivals shot him, stabbed him, poisoned him, and nuked him while he was hiding in a fridge, and the guy still somehow managed to keep living. Movie fans are likely to be fascinated by Rasputin because Warner Bros. has just bought a script about his life, called Rasputin, and they’re developing it as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio. This, of course, means that we’re going to get the chance to see DiCaprio grow a crazy long beard and likely try out a Russian accent, which just sounds like so much fun. [Deadline]
Everyone knows of the tale of Fox and Marvel’s dueling Quicksilvers. By now it’s Internet legend. But over the weekend an interesting new wrinkle got added to the story. Fox’s Bryan Singer has already announced that Evan Peters will be playing the silver-haired speedster in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and now a report from The Wrap is suggesting that Joss Whedon is close to casting Peters’ Kick-Ass co-star, Aaron Taylor-Johnson to play the same character in his upcoming The Avengers 2. Apparently he’s the front-runner of a group of actors they’re considering. Stay tuned, because this story is developing into possibly the most shocking, personal grudge match to hit the movie world since it turned out those two guys who fought at the end of Warrior were brothers.
You know Josh Duhamel, right? He’s the guy with the smooth, symmetrical features and perfectly quaffed hair who appeared on All My Children and starred in Safe Haven. Well now Variety is reporting that he’s also getting ready to handsome up an upcoming indie movie alongside co-stars Lucas Till and Maria Bello. The film is called Strings, and it stars Till as a former DJ who gets too caught up in the party lifestyle and has to back off from it, Bello as the life-changing girl he meets, and now Duhamel as an army veteran and counselor who handles some of his post-partyboy treatment. First timer Daniel Duran is directing.
As if Hugh Bonneville wasn’t already adorable enough feebly trying to resist the oncoming social changes of the 20th century on Downton Abbey, now he’s just signed up to act opposite a little anthropomorphic bear as well, which might be cute overload. The news comes from The Wrap, who report that he’s in negotiations to play the live-action lead in a Paddington Bear movie that’s set to mix live actors with CG animated characters. If you don’t know who Paddington Bear is, then chances are you haven’t read any children’s books at any point in the last half century or so, because Michael Bond’s “Paddington” books have been everywhere since the first one was published in 1958. He’s the bear with the blue coat and red hat who always looks like he’s going off on some dreary vacation.
Casting confirmations keep rolling in for Rob Thomas’ Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie. So far Veronica Mars herself, Kristen Bell, has been confirmed to be back for the film, as well as series regulars Jason Dohring and Enrico Colantoni, and now you can add Percy Daggs III to that list as well. Daggs played Mars’ best friend, Wallace, on the show, in an example of an on-screen friendship that was welcome and fresh because it never resorted to degenerating into one of those tired unrequited love plot lines in order to milk as much drama out of the characters as possible. Nope, Veronica and Wallace were just buds, and it should be nice to get a chance to see them hanging out once again. [THR]
When you hear the words “based on a true story” get attached to a film, often times you can translate that to mean you’re about to watch a movie that’s going to be slightly more boring and dramatically dissatisfying than a movie based on artistic whimsy would be. Hear the words “starring Christoph Waltz” though, and you can pretty much guarantee you’re going to be in for a great time. So we’ll see how this upcoming movie, True Crimes, ends up, because though it’s based on the true story of a Polish writer named Krystian Bala who was arrested for a murder that had been considered a cold case and a perfect crime for years, THR is reporting that it’s also now going to be starring Waltz as Bala. It could make for fun times, especially since the true story sounds especially weird for real life anyway.
Let’s wrap things up with a story involving Sofia Vergara, because who can look at a picture of Sofia Vergara and not smile? Deadline is reporting that Universal has acquired a spec script from David Feeney and John Quaintance called Don’t Mess With Texas, which it now has Vergara and Reese Witherspoon attached to star in. One of the two will be playing a straight-laced cop and the other a criminal, and the story has them on the run from a cadre of crooked cops all through Texas. So far Vergara and Witherspoon are the only names officially attached, but once Ray Liotta gets cast as the leader of the crooked cops, we’ll be sure to let you know.