What is Casting Couch? It’s the daily column that’s back with the first load of casting news for July, and if you love the CW’s 90210, then prepare to get excited, because two of the actors mentioned are apparently on that show, which apparently still exists.
Tim Burton keeps making his upcoming biopic of Margaret and Walter Keane, Big Eyes, look more and more interesting by branching outside of his usual stable of actors and bringing in more and more talented people who we’ve yet to see him work with. The latest name he’s signed up, according to a report from THR, is screen legend Terence Stamp. He’ll be joining the film as art critic John Canaday, who is said to have been openly appalled at the way Walter Keane used his wife’s work in order to con his way into art world fame.
Kill the Messenger is another true story, this one about journalist Gary Webb, who uncovered a lot of dirt linking the CIA to shady dealings in Nicaragua and who then committed an alleged suicide following a smear campaign wherein the agency did whatever they could to discredit him. As far as the film’s casting goes, we already know that Jeremy Renner is on board in the Webb role, and now a report from Deadline is claiming that Rosemarie DeWitt is in final negotiations to join as the female lead. There isn’t yet any word on who exactly the lead female character is, so probably we can rely on the SOP of assuming she’s just going to be some some sort of concerned wife or girlfriend.
Also from Deadline is the news that Paul Thomas Anderson has added another familiar face to the expansive cast of his upcoming Thomas Pynchon adaptation, Inherent Vice. Word is that Peter McRobbie, who you might recognize from recent roles in Lincoln and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, has joined the film in the role of violent loan shark Adrian Prussia. This is the role that Sean Penn spent a lot of time eyeballing, but apparently didn’t end up taking when all was said and done. His loss is McRobbie’s gain.
At this point Logan Marshall-Green is probably best known for being that guy in Prometheus who somehow wasn’t Tom Hardy, but that might all be soon to change, because The Wrap is reporting that he’s just landed a pretty high profile role playing 70s-era Boston Bruin Derek Sanderson in an upcoming project called Turk. This one is going to focus on Sanderson’s drug problem, which eventually led to the derailing of his career and a lot of other nasty business. Wyatt Russell is reportedly also on board the film, and he’ll be playing Sanderson’s legendary teammate Bobby Orr, who played quite a big role in helping him beat his addictions and get back on his feet. Akeelah and the Bee’s Doug Atchison is both writing and directing.
Jennifer Ehle, who recently played Jessica Chastain’s naive gal pal in Zero Dark Thirty, just landed another role. According to The Wrap, she’s going to be playing the wife of the Kevin Costner character in that upcoming movie about a child custody battle he’s doing, Black and White. That may seem like a strange name for a movie about a child custody battle, but you have to keep in mind that the child in question is biracial, and the person Costner’s character is doing battle with is the kid’s black grandma (Octavia Spencer) on the other side of the family, so, you know, issues are being tackled and whatnot.
Dreamworks has just confirmed [via Deadline] that Helen Mirren is going to star in their upcoming project The Hundred-Foot Journey, which is about an Indian family who sparks a big rivalry when they open a restaurant right across the street from a very highly-regarded and Michelin-starred establishment in the south of France. Mirren will apparently be playing some sort of mentor character, while 90210’s Manish Dayal is on board as the young Indian chef who becomes a famous face of French cuisine when all is said and done.
Which brings us to our next bit of 90210 news. Heat Vision is reporting that Jessica Lowndes, who is also a member of that show’s cast, has just scored the female lead in a survival thriller called Eden. This one is also starring Nate Parker, Ethan Peck, and Diego Boneta, and it’s about a pro soccer team whose plane crashes on a desert island, leading to everyone involved forming factions and picking each other off “Lord of the Flies” style. Apparently the story being told involves sharks, abandoned Japanese land mines, and—hey—why was there a girl on board a soccer team’s plane? Let’s just assume she’s the pilot.