What is Casting Couch? Casting news. Today we’ve got updates on new roles for people like Michelle Williams, Laurence Fishburne, and—what the heck—let’s stick in a rumor about who might play the Scarlet Witch in Avengers 2 as well.
It looks like Owen Wilson might be taking a trip back to the ’70s. The Wrap reports that he’s the latest name in negotiations to join Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. Never ones to let a good PTA rumor go uncommented on, Cigarettes & Red Vines then took this story and ran with it, contacting their own sources and discovering that the role Wilson is in talks for is that of Coy Harlingen, who’s described as being a surf-saxophone player and a heroin addict, and who may be the most Owen Wilson-y role ever written.
Michael Bay had heard that Internet nerds have dismissed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that he’s producing outright, due to his casting of Megan Fox and his rumored changes of the Turtles’ story and whatnot, so he’s shrewdly decided to make a move that’s going to inevitably suck us all back in. Deadline is reporting that William Fichtner has just joined the film. Yes, that William Fichtner. The completely awesome one. Rumor has it he’s not just showing up for a few seconds playing some goon either. The report claims that the character he’s playing has “iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology.” You win this round, Bay.
History has shown us that there’s nothing less funny than having Vince Vaughn star in his own movie. Having him star alongside someone else and letting him just be the wise-cracking side character though? Sometimes that works out. So let’s all try to preemptively forget that Google movie he’s doing with Owen Wilson that’s going to come out and make this theory look foolish, and try to be optimistic about his new role alongside Will Ferrell in Daddy’s Home. Variety reports that the film sees Ferrell playing a mild-mannered radio exec with a wife and some step-kids and Vaughn the wife’s ex-husband, who comes a-calling and suddenly wants to compete for the affections of the children.
Everybody likes Michelle Williams, right? And everybody likes film adaptations of stage musicals, right? Okay, so maybe not so much that last one. But any film adaptation of a stage musical that stars Michelle Williams is bound to be at least worth giving a chance to, and it’s looking like this rule may end up applying to the new version of South Pacific that director Michael Mayer is putting together. The Daily Mail is reporting that, while production on the film is not yet official, an offer has gone out to Williams to attach herself to the role of Nellie Forbrush, who washes men right out of her hair or whatnot. I’m not certain. I haven’t seen South Pacific since I was like 16.
After he was all “red pill or blue pill” in The Matrix, Laurence Fishburne kind of solidified himself as being a sci-fi movie legend. Anywhere he goes now people generally point to him and are all like, “Look, there goes Morpheus!” This lends him a gravity and authority that’s going to be, at least in part, transferred over to any sci-fi project he takes from now on. Or at least that’s what Will Eubank (Love) is hoping, because he just cast him in his sci-fi indie thriller, The Signal.
This story comes from Variety, who report that the movie is about three college freshmen getting lured to a shack out in the desert by a computer hacker. This makes one wonder if Fishburne is going to be playing the computer hacker, which in turn makes one wonder if he’s going to have to grow scraggly facial hair and start drinking tons of Mountain Dew Code Red.
It feels like Chloe Moretz’s name pops up quite a bit around here. The young actress seems hungry to work, and directors seem equally hungry to give her parts. It must be because of that crazy mix of youth, beauty, and talent she’s got going on. We can all relate. Anyway, her latest job comes in the form of that Denzel Washington-starring remake of an old 80s TV show, The Equalizer. Deadline is reporting that an offer has gone out to the actress to play a character named Teri.
The good news about this role is that it’s the female lead. The bad news is that the character is a prostitute who’s supposed to be in her twenties. Creepy, right? Apparently Moretz’s chemistry with Washington was so palpable, however, that those in charge are willing to have the role tweaked to be a bit younger if she’s on board. Of course, whether that makes a teenage actress playing a prostitute more or less uncomfortable is up for debate.
This next story is a little bit closer to rumor than what we usually like to report, but heck, it’s about The Avengers 2, so let’s do it anyway. Super Hero Hype is claiming to have some insight into what Joss Whedon is looking for when it comes to casting the two new Avengers who he’s written into his superhero sequel, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Apparently he’s looking for the actors to be very young and very European, and the rumors go as far as to say that Saoirse Ronan is the “prototype” of who they want for the Scarlet Witch.
Seeing as the film is still in the writing process, it’s unlikely that any offers have gone out, but seeing as Ronan is so exceptionally awesome, let’s keep trying to spread this rumor as if it’s fact, so maybe they’ll feel pressured to do whatever it takes to actually cast her when the time comes. We don’t want Marvel to get stingy again and cast some less talented actress with an unpronounceable name, do we?