What is Casting Couch? It’s the same casting news roundup that it’s always been, but today Cannes started up, so it’s got a little extra juice. Christoph Waltz, Bradley Cooper, Michelle Williams, Joel Edgerton: they’re all in here.
Seeing as Jon Favreau made more money than science knew existed with his two installments of the Iron Man franchise, he’s basically the kind of director who now has the power to do anything he wants in the film industry. So it was kind of refreshing to hear that what he wanted to do was make a simple indie movie called Chef about a chef who falls on hard times and tries to make his comeback by opening a food truck. But now Variety has reported that he’s gone and hired Scarlett Johansson to play his love interest in the movie, and suddenly his motivations don’t appear to be all that down to Earth. Johansson is an underrated actress and will probably be fine in the film, but—come on! Try to not let all of that power go to your head, Mr. Favreau. We’re watching.
Have you ever wondered if Chris Pine or Jake Gyllenhaal were good singers? Well, Rob Marshall knows. Heat Vision is reporting that the two actors have sang for the director, as they’re being looked at to join Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep in his upcoming musical fairytale mashup, Into the Woods. Reportedly deals aren’t quite yet on the table, but it’s looking like they’re likely to be soon. If Pine and Gyllenhaal get signed up, the roles they would be playing would be that of two pompous princes—one belonging to Rapunzel and one belonging to Cinderella. How’s that for switching up the expected gender roles?
As he’s proven with his work with Quentin Tarantino, give Christoph Waltz a story with a little bit of gunplay and a few action scenarios to sink his teeth into, and he’s going to come up with something great. So hopefully this will also be the case for Candy Store, which Heat Vision is reporting he’s joining the cast of. This is that Jason Clarke-starring movie about the secret agent who retires and moves to Brooklyn only to find that the evil organization he spent his life battling is operating in his new back yard as well. It’s also got Robert De Niro and Omar Sy on board its cast, and so far it’s sounding completely awesome.
So, it turns out Scarlett Johansson isn’t the only person who signed on for a movie called Chef in the last 24 hours. Bradley Cooper did too. But his Chef is a completely different movie, one that would see him starring as a famous Parisian chef whose career experiences a hiccup when his personal life derails, and who then must work his way back up to the top with a new restaurant—a restaurant that his goal is to earn three Michelin stars for. Legal proceedings are currently underway to suss out which Chef movie is actually going to get to be called Chef. [Deadline]
Chelsea Handler is a popular comedian whose late night show people seem to love, so why not put her in a movie? Well, there’s the fact that she already appeared in that atrocious This Means War movie and proved to be distractingly wooden when delivering prepared dialogue, but other than that, why not put her in a movie? No worries, because she is going to get put in a movie. Variety is reporting that she’s being added to that romantic comedy where Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore take a bunch of kids on a lavish vacation and end up falling in love, Blended. Handler has reportedly been cast as the Barrymore character’s best friend, which one imagines will mostly consist of her doling out tough talk with a phone in one hand and a vodka martini in the other.
Some new developments have happened over there at the offices of Zach Braff Industries, where work on that movie everyone just Kickstarted, Wish I Was Here, seems to have gotten underway. Braff’s PR people, who your Kickstarted money has likely helped pay for, sent out announcements that Braff has hired the original king of daddy issues, Mandy Patinkin, to play his character’s father in the film. That isn’t the only news regarding this movie’s casting either. THR is reporting that 1600 Penn actor Josh Gad and Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons have also joined up, playing the Braff character’s brother and probably some nerd guy respectively.
The cast for that English-language District B13 remake, Brick Mansions, seems to be coming together. Already we knew that Paul Walker would be playing the undercover cop lead, but now RZA and David Belle seem to be on board to play the bad guys, and a new report from Heat Vision is saying that Catalina Denis has signed up to play the Walker character’s love interest, who unfortunately gets kidnapped by a drug cartel. Who is Catalina Denis? She was in that foreign language action film Sleepless Night that many people around these parts pimped, and as you can see from her picture over there, she’s quite the looker.
We end things with news of another film that already got released in a different language, but now is going to be remade. Deadline has picked up word from Cannes that Michelle Williams and Joel Edgerton have been tapped to star in a remake of the 2009 Italian film, The Double Hour, which will see them working with Maria Full of Grace director, Joshua Marston. This one’s a thriller about a couple who find themselves victimized by a dangerous though well-planned robbery. Most importantly though, The Double Hour is now a movie that stars Michelle Williams and Joel Edgerton, so you were already going to see it no matter what it was about anyway.