What is Casting Couch? It’s the place actors go to try to get jobs, and it’s the place you can go to find out who got which jobs in which movie. Today we’ve got word that Chris Tucker is set to make his triumphant return to leading man status.
Every good orphan story needs a mean old jerk who makes the orphans’ lives miserable, and it’s starting to look like producers Will Smith and Jay Z have found theirs for the Quvenzhane Wallis-starring update of Annie they’re putting together. Sandra Bullock had already been in talks to play Miss Hannigan, the cruel lady who runs the orphanage Annie lives in, back in March, but things fell apart at the time. THR is reporting that things are now back on, however, as talks with Bullock have recommenced, and one would tend to think that the only reason that would be the case is if the fundamental thing that was tripping them up last time had changed. Get ready to see Sandra’s scowl.
It turns out Tom Hanks and Tom Tykwer enjoyed being a team of Toms so much while making Cloud Atlas, they’re going to team up together again to make another movie. Deadline is reporting that they’ve acquired the rights to the Dave Eggers book, “A Hologram For the King,” with the intentions of having Tykwer adapt and direct it and Hanks star in said adaptation. The story is about a down on his luck dad who heads off to Saudi Arabia in a last ditch gamble to make something of himself and pay for his daughter’s college tuition. If you read that and are worried about having to watch Hanks get embroiled in some blood for oil nastiness, don’t be, some poking around reveals that’s not what this story is about at all.
Comedy veteran Tracey Ullman is the latest name to enter negotiations to join Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Into the Woods for Disney. Heat Vision reports that her signing would see her playing the mother of Jack the Giant Killer in this twisted and musical mishmash of all your favorite fairy tale characters. If she ends up taking the role, it would see her acting alongside names like Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Emily Blunt, who have all been mentioned as also being in negotiations for the film, but with no real official word yet being given on who’s actually in and who’s still questionable.
Up and coming English actor Eddie Redmayne may finally be getting the showcase role he needs to reveal the depth of his talents to a wider audience and make himself a big star. Deadline is reporting that he’s just landed the lead role in the Stephen Hawking biopic, Theory of Everything, which is said to focus on the relationship between the famed physicist and his wife. Playing Hawking in a big Hollywood production has to be seen as a coveted role, because the man has famously suffered from ALS, and—right or wrong—any time an actor gets the chance to play a real life figure who has overcome disabilities in order to achieve great things, they can pretty much guarantee getting some attention around Oscar time.
The Veronica Mars casting train keeps rolling along, and the latest familiar face to jump on board is Tina Majorino. While most probably remember her as being the girl with the precious map to dry land tattooed on her back in Waterworld, Veronica Mars fans remember her as Veronica’s computer savvy and delightfully sarcastic chum “Mac,” which is the role THR is reporting she’ll be returning to reprise.
In an email to his Kickstarter supporters, director Rob Thomas said of her return, “To say I wrote Mac with Tina in mind would be an understatement. I wrote Mac for Tina, and Tina only. Veronica needed a female friend, and a Q to her Bond. Tina felt like just the sort of girl that Veronica would like and respect. I couldn’t be more pleased that she’ll be with us for the movie.” Sounds like Thomas is going to be the latest to take a stab at finding dry land. Majorino better watch her back.
Seann William Scott
Now that she’s dipped her toes into the directing waters by helming a handful of episodes of her wine-soaked sitcom, Cougar Town, Courtney Cox has decided that she’s ready to dive right in and oversee her own feature. The Friends vet’s big screen directorial debut is said to be coming in the form of a movie that’s tentatively titled Hello I Must Be Going (yes, another one), and Deadline has the scoop on who’s going to be making up her cast. In addition to Seann William Scott starring as a man who returns to his hometown to tie up a few loose ends before offing himself, the film will also feature names like Kate Walsh, Garret Dillahunt, Olivia Thirlby, and Rob Riggle.
That indie drama we’ve been hearing about, Strings, that stars Lucas Till as a DJ looking to leave the party scene in order to get his life together, and that is being directed by first-timer Daniel Duran, has just made another notable casting coup. Fresh off the cancellation of her underappreciated HBO drama, Enlightened, Laura Dern has agreed to come on board and join the ensemble, which also already includes Maria Bello, Tom Everett Scott, and Josh Duhamel. Deadline reports that she’ll be playing a grieving mother who has not yet gotten over the death of her son, who was a soldier.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Chris Tucker motor-mouthing his way through a starring role on the big screen. As a matter of fact, other than the supporting role he took in last year’s The Silver Linings Playbook, we haven’t seen him in a movie at all since 2007. That’s all getting ready to change though, because The Wrap is reporting that he’s signed on to star in a comedy called Second Honeymoon, which has a plot synopsis that’s just too vague to decipher.
The Wrap’s report says that its story, “follows a married couple who return to Antigua on their second honeymoon in an effort to spice things up. However, the legacy they left ten years ago comes back to haunt both of them, and before they know it, the trip is less about trying to reconnect with their younger, wilder selves and more about trying to get off the island alive.” So, I guess by describing the movie as a “comedy,” they might have really meant “horror movie?” We’ll have to wait and see if this one ends up having zombies in it or what.