What is Casting Couch? It’s a daily news column that’s full of all sorts of salacious celebrity gossip, so long as you consider actors being cast in movies to be salacious gossip. Read on to get news about new jobs for Dev Patel, Michael K. Williams, Alicia Vikander, and more. There’s always more.
Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Cinderella seems to nearly have all of its casting ducks in a row. It’s got Lily James as the title character, Richard Madden as the handsome prince, Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother, Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother, and Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger as the evil stepsisters. There’s one question that’s still at the tip of everyone’s tongue though—who the heck is going to play the Grand Duke, AKA the duplicitous advisor to the King? Well, according to Heat Vision, Branagh is dipping into his Thor cast and negotiating with Stellan Skarsgard to fill this very important role that apparently exists.
What is Trash? It started out as an Andy Mulligan novel, and it’s about to become a Stephen Daldry-directed (The Reader) film. What’s it about? Apparently it’s about three boys in a third world country who find a mysterious and dangerous object when they’re digging around in the city dump. Why are we talking about it? Because Deadline is reporting that Daldry has just cast Rooney Mara in the role of Olivia, who is an NGO worker, and Martin Sheen in the role of Father Julliard, who’s a teacher at a mission school. Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein are playing the three boys, but you’ve probably never heard of them.
Michael K. Williams
Omar’s coming to the Jeremy Renner-starring, Gary Webb biopic, Kill the Messenger. Or, at least, he might be. According to a report from The Wrap, The Wire’s Michael K. Williams is currently negotiating to join the film in the role of imprisoned drug dealer “Freeway” Rick Ross. Word is that Williams is pretty psyched to take the role, but his involvement is going to depend on how the film’s shooting schedule works alongside his Boardwalk Empire commitments. Despite being such an awesome actor that he gives off the appearance of having super powers, it turns out he can still only be in one place at a time.
Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel might soon be getting another high profile role. Heat Vision is reporting that he’s in early talks to star in Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming followup to Elysium, Chappie. Apparently the film is going to be about a robotic police force that patrols the slums of a future version of South Africa, it’s already got Sharlto Copley on board as one of the robots, and Patel is being looked at to play the main human character. If he ends up signing, expect there to be a nauseating amount of Slumdog puns made in every single article written about this film from that point forward.
Kickback is a new thriller coming from writer/director Raza Mallal, and according to a press release put out by Talking Lens Productions [via Coming Soon], it’s a movie that’s going to star a few actors who you may have heard of. According to the announcement, Mischa Barton, Sean Astin, John Hannah, Michael Biehn, Stelio Savante, and Noureen DeWulf are all on board the film, which is based on the true story of a Moscow detective who investigates the death of a war reporter and uncovers all sorts of juicy stuff in the process, up to and including information regarding chemical warfare and the assassination of the Russian President.
Hollywood types have been trying to bring Deborah Moggach’s novel “Tulip Fever” to the big screen for a while now, but to no avail. According to a report from The Daily Mail, the adaptation’s troubled days may be over though, because the rights for the film version have now landed at The Weinstein Company, and it looks like they intend on developing it as a starring vehicle for stunning Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. The story centers on a lady who has a steamy affair with an artist who’s hired by her husband to paint her portrait, and rumor has it Matthias Schoenaerts is being looked at to play the artist. The lucky jerk.