What is Casting Couch? It’s a rundown of all the important casting news that occurred in the last 24 hours. Today Hollywood’s movers and shakers have found jobs for former sitcom stars, former Goonies, and even the BoKu guy.
Given all of the money that haunted house movies, possession movies, and remakes of old classics have been making lately, it’s seemed pretty strange that nobody has pulled the trigger on a Poltergeist remake. Could Tobe Hooper’s legendary tale of a terrorized family be the one property that the movie industry feels they got so right the first time, they don’t want to mess with it again? No. Don’t be silly. Of course a remake of Poltergeist is in the works, and a report out of Deadline says that Rosemarie Dewitt is now set to take the female lead, which was played by Jobeth Williams in the original. Monster House director Gil Kenan is in charge of the remake, and rumor has it that now that Dewitt has been recruited, his search for the new Craig T. Nelson is underway.
The Fault in Our Stars, that impossibly emotional-sounding movie about two young cancer patients falling in love that’s set to star Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, just made another casting move. According to a report from Variety, Laura Dern has just signed on to play the Woodley character’s mother. Dern seems to be picking up quite a few big screen jobs ever since the cancellation of her HBO show Enlightened, so it would seem the silver lining to that well-liked show being gone too early is that TV’s loss has become film’s gain.
Big news for Topher Grace. Deadline is reporting that he’s currently in negotiations to join Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar. Like most Nolan projects, Interstellar is a super-secret project that we’re not supposed to know anything about, so there’s no telling what kind of role Grace is up for, but we do know that he’d be joining a cast that already includes names like Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine, so that probably makes this the coolest thing that’s happened to Topher Grace since he got to act alongside the Predator.
John Lithgow has just signed on for a role that’s sure to get him a lot of attention. Deadline reports that he’s going to be starring alongside Alfred Molina in Ira Sachs’ upcoming film, Love is Strange, which is about a newly-wed gay couple who are forced to temporarily separate when one of them loses his job. Lithgow said of the project, “We’ll be playing the main roles in the best script I’ve read in years, a vivid portrait of marriage, with all its joy, folly, and occasional heartbreak.” Marriage: it sounds terrifying.
Sean Astin has some new work on his calendar. Variety is reporting that he’s all set to co-star with Chris Mulkey in an indie thriller called The Surface. Lucky director Gil Cates, Jr. is in charge of this one, and it’s said to be about, “two strangers—each at the end of their rope—who suddenly meet in the middle of the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan following a small plane crash.” That old story again?
Squirrels to the Nuts, an upcoming comedy from Peter Bogdanovich that’s set to star Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Cybil Shepard, and formerly Brie Larson, has reportedly just added veteran comedian Richard Lewis to its cast. According to THR, he’ll be joining Shepard in playing the parents of the main character, who was formerly going to be portrayed by Larson, and who’s a former prostitute turned aspiring actress who has her career taken to new heights once she starts having an affair with a married Broadway director. Said director will be played by Wilson, and Aniston is playing his therapist.
So, speaking of Brie Larson dropping out of Squirrels to the Nuts, The Wrap has a report that the hole she left at the center of the film is now all set to be filled by Imogen Poots, the up-and-coming young actress best known for starring in things like Fright Night and Need For Speed, as well as having a fun-to-say name and a face that’s just stunning to look at. It seems she’s at that important career crossroads that every actress eventually faces, where we finally find out whether or not she’s able to play a convincing prostitute. May the spirit of Julia Roberts watch over her.