What is Casting Couch? It’s the news roundup that’s gathering together one last batch of casting reports before it takes a brief Comic-Con break. Read on for news regarding screen beauties like Linda Cardellini, Ashley Greene, and John Lithgow, and then we’ll see you again next week.
After recent performances in dramas like Smashed and The Spectacular Now, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead seems to be leaving her past of performing in genre work behind in order to take more dramatic roles. Deadline is reporting that she’s just signed up for her third new job is just a few weeks, and this one will see her joining the Jeremy Renner-starring Gary Webb biopic, Kill the Messenger, as the character of Dawn Garcia, who was Webb’s editor at the “San Jose Mercury News.” Just a year or so ago people might have been questioning if she could pull this off, but now it’s clear that she can. Let’s just hope that all of these new bonafides don’t keep her from still doing the occasional cheesy action movie now and then. It’s important to let your hair down.
Famous movie star Reese Witherspoon just got another starring role in a movie. Makes sense. The new project is called Wild, and, according to the report from Deadline, it will see her playing a 26-year-old woman whose marriage just ended and whose mother just died, so she goes a little crazy and decides that she’s going to hike the 1000 mile Pacific Crest Trail alone. The story is an adaptation of a Cheryl Strayed novel, and the novel made it into the Oprah Book Club, so hey, you know that it’s going to be good.
That Kristen Wiig-starring indie comedy, Welcome to Me, where she plays a nutcase lottery winner who buys herself her own talk show, just scored a trio of promising comedic talents. According to a report from THR, Freaks and Geeks vet and recent Mad Men head-turner Linda Cardellini is now on board to play a supporting role, as well as The Hudsucker Proxy duo Tim Robbins and Jennifer Jason Leigh. There’s no word on what sort of characters the three new cast members are going to be playing, but this is a Gary Sanchez Production, so they’re bound to be wacky.
It looks like Ron Howard is negotiating with a couple more actors for his shipwreck drama In the Heart of the Sea. According to a report from The Wrap, not only is he looking at Harry Potter actor Frank Dillane to play another member of the Essex’s crew, but he’s also looking at the Bond franchise’s latest Q, Ben Whishaw, to possibly come on board as Herman Melville, the author who was inspired by this true story to write the legendary novel “Moby Dick.” The two would join an ensemble that already includes Chris Hemsworth, Ben Walker, Cillian Murphy, and Brendan Gleeson, among others.
There’s some bad news for Zach Braff’s upcoming writing, directing, and starring vehicle, Wish I Was Here. It turns out Anna Kendrick isn’t going to be able to be in it after all, and seeing as Anna Kendrick is basically one of the most talented and in-demand actresses working right now, that’s going to be something of a blow. Braff has wasted no time getting someone else to step into the role though, as Deadline is reporting that Twilight vet Ashley Greene is all set to take her place. Of course, seeing as Greene is best known for her work in Twilight, and seeing as how most of us adults haven’t paid much attention to Twilight, it’s hard to say if she’s an actress who has the chops to make for an adequate replacement for a talent on the level of Kendrick. She sure is stunning though, so at least Braff’s new film is going to have that going for it.
In John Lithgow news, John Lithgow has just signed on to be a part of what is sure to be a very high profile film. The Wrap is reporting that he’s the name that’s rounding out the cast of Christopher Nolan’s mysterious next project, the sci-fi epic Interstellar. Most of the details of this film are being kept under lock and key, but we do know that Lithgow is joining a cast that already includes, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy, and Ellen Burstyn, and we do know that the plot has something to do with wormholes and other dimensions, so that’s probably enough to get us all in the theater already. If the first trailer for the film has at least a couple Inception noises, then that should seal the deal completely.