What is Casting Couch? It’s a news roundup that’s solely concerned with actors getting cast in movies. Today we have news about the war against the machines as well as the war against the vampires.
In a career move that has to be seen as a huge victory for a man the age of Pierce Brosnan, he has just signed on to play a role that will see him impregnating Jessica Alba. It’s a “passion project,” by his own admission. The news comes from Variety, who reports that Brosnan, Alba, and Kristin Scott Thomas will be the stars of How to Make Love to an Englishman, a romantic comedy from writer Matthew Newman and director Tom Vaughn that casts Brosnan as a Cambridge University professor, Alba as a graduate student, and Thomas as the Alba character’s stepsister, a lady who steps in after the miracle of life occurs in order to knock some heads around and straighten everyone out. Sounds like a situation ripe for creating age-appropriate romance.
Speaking of ridiculous age disparities, Heat Vision has gotten word on who’s going to be playing the female lead in old man Tom Cruise’s next movie, and it looks like it’s going to be a girl who’s less than half his age. Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) is all set to join Cruise and young stud Armie Hammer in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., playing an original, car-obsessed agent character who was not a part of the original TV show. The fresh-faced, Swedish actress will be doing a British accent for the film, and if she ends up doing any romancing as well, let’s hope she does it with Hammer’s character and not Cruise’s. The latter would just be too creepy, and is too plausible as something Hollywood would go for. I mean, let’s be honest, his bedding Olga Kurylenko in Oblivion was pushing it.
Young Australian actor Callan McAuliffe is about to get a chance to dazzle the world when he appears in this weekend’s big release, The Great Gatsby, but before the box office returns for that film even get tallied, he’s already managed to land himself his next gig. Heat Vision is reporting that he’s just signed on for the lead role in Our Robot Overlords, a British sci-fi production that will see him appearing alongside Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson, of all people. The film is set during the great war between the robots and the humans, and it sees McAuliffe playing a teenager who gathers together a group of other teenagers in order to search for his missing father. While on the journey, the crew come across something mysterious which just may be the key to winning the war. There’s not yet any word on whether or not the boy’s father is John Connor, but we can hope.
Dominic Cooper, star of recent action films like Captain America: The First Avenger and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is all set to star in another genre picture that somehow doesn’t have a colon in its title. Variety is reporting that he’s currently in negotiations to appear in Universal’s new version of Dracula, which already has Luke Evans attached as its lead. That’s all the information that was originally available, but Coming Soon, for their part, added the tidbit that Cooper will likely be playing the character of Mehmed, a Turkish Sultan who takes Vlad the Impaler under his wing and ultimately comes into conflict with him. Sarah Gadon is also on board as Vlad’s dishy girlfriend, Mirena.