What is Casting Couch? A compiling of the day’s casting news that today has word of new gigs for Elizabeth Banks as well as some good news for a couple of the former cast members of Party Down.
How many A-list actors does it take to make a movie about a string of child murders in Soviet-era Russia? Apparently one more, because Deadline is reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman is the latest big name to join the already impressive cast of director Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44. His addition to the film sees him rubbing elbows with the already cast Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman, and it will quite possibly give us a chance to finally see him wearing one of those furry Russian hats, which seems like something that should have happened years ago.
Get ready to see Keira Knightley don a flapper dress. THR is reporting that Fox Searchlight has just acquired the rights to Suzanne Rindell’s novel “The Other Typist,” and they’re going to be developing it as a starring vehicle for the English actress, who will also get a producer’s credit. In it Knightley will play the character of Rose, a buttoned-down typist in a police precinct who has her life turned upside down when she strikes up a friendship with a wild co-worker and is introduced to all of the danger and glamour of 1920s New York’s seedy, gin-soaked underbelly.
There’s been another X-Men: Days of Future Past casting confirmation, and this one actually came from somewhere other than director Bryan Singer’s Twitter account. He must be slipping. This time the news comes from The Wrap, who report that Aussie actor Josh Helman has just joined the film in a role that is undisclosed but likely substantial. What are they basing that claim on? The fact that he’s scheduled to be on set working for several weeks. Stalkers. Hopefully Singer remembered to save some of his budget to spend on special effects, because at this point he’s basically cast an entire army to bring all of these mutants to life.
Elizabeth Banks has just landed a couple more gigs. It must be nice to be able to combine leading lady looks with an ear for comedy and an ability to do drama. The first is for a Beach Boys biopic called Love & Mercy that was written by Oren Moverman and will be directed by Bill Pohland. In it she’ll be playing Brian Wilson’s model wife Melinda. The second is coming from an indie drama called Little Accidents by writer/director Sara Colangelo. In this one she’ll be playing a woman living in a mining town whose son goes missing after a collapse occurs that kills 12 miners. All of the tragedy causes her life to enter a downward spiral, which we then get to watch. Yay! [THR]
Young Kara Hayward was a lot of fun playing the rebellious Suzy in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, so it’s nice to see that she’s going to be keeping the momentum she began there going by moving straight into doing more work. Deadline is reporting that she’s just joined an upcoming indie from writer/director Noah Pritzker called Quitters, which will see her playing a high school freshman dealing with her parents’ divorce. The film is currently filming in San Francisco, and also features names like Mira Sorvino, Greg Germann, Benjamin Konigsberg, and Morgan Turner.
Finally, we move on to the now obligatory Veronica Mars casting portion of the column. Today we’ve got confirmation that Rob Thomas has dipped into the cast of his other beloved television series, Party Down, in order to add two more names to his upcoming movie. The first is Ken Marino, who is returning to the Veronica Mars universe to once again play the role of Neptune, California’s sleazy private detective, Vinnie Van Lowe. He announced his involvement with a Youtube video. The second actor confirmed for the film is Martin Starr, who is a newcomer to the Veronica Mars universe, but who played Bill Haverchuck on Freaks and Geeks, so basically he can do whatever he wants. His involvement was announced via an Instagram photo he posed for with fellow cast member Krysten Ritter.