What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that’s still being typed up with ten fingers, despite the fact that we’re coming off an extended Fourth of July weekend. Victory! Read on for news about acting legend Sophia Loren’s return to the big screen.
Good news for fans of William H Macy (AKA everyone)—Deadline is reporting that he and Virginia Madsen are the latest names to join a new indie dramedy called Walter. This one is about a young man who’s trying to juggle his job at a movie theater with a crush he has on his co-worker, the fact that his mother is a real handful, and the fact that he believes that he’s the son of the One True God. Basically, the kid has got a full plate. Macy and Madsen join the already cast Neve Campbell, Leven Rambin, and Milo Ventimiglia. First-timer Anna Mastro is set to direct.
Zap2it [via /Film] has broke some unexpected news regarding the Veronica Mars movie. According to a source they’ve been communicating with, James Franco is going to be appearing in the film as himself. The story is that the film features a subplot in which various celebrities are victimized by a shady character who installs hidden cameras in their home and then sells the salacious footage that gets captured. Franco is slated to be one of said celebrities, and given his willingness to poke fun at himself as often as possible, chances are probably good that the footage captured in his home is going to be hilarious. Poor Mr. Franco. Hopefully Veronica can crack the case before he gets too embarrassed.
Ron Howard’s upcoming shipwreck survival movie, In the Heart of the Sea, has just added a couple of more names. Variety reports that charming rogue Brendan Gleeson and This Must Be the Place actor Sam Keeley are the latest to join the crew of the doomed Essex. According to the report, Gleeson is going to have it much easier than the rest of the names in the cast though, because while Keeley is joining people like Chris Hemsworth and Ben Walker in the sure-to-be-grueling-to-shoot shipwreck scenes, Gleeson will be playing one of the sailors after they’ve gotten on in years, in scenes where he’s being interviewed by “Moby Dick” writer Herman Melville. Sounds like a pretty cherry gig.
New news has broken regarding Adam Wingard’s (You’re Next) upcoming psychological thriller that’s set to star Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens. According to a report from The Wrap, Lost and The Wire star Lance Reddick and Canadian teen actor Brendan Meyer have both joined its cast. The film, called The Guest, casts Stevens as an ex-marine who is taken in by a fallen comrade’s family and who then proceeds to terrorize them. Reddick is playing a government agent who knows of the Stevens character’s psychosis and who sets out to stop the violence. So basically he’s going to be the movie’s Dr. Loomis. Or maybe its Colonel Trautman. Meyer will be playing one of the victims.
Raise your hand if you watched last year’s TV movie Blue Lagoon: The Awakening. Nobody? Okay, maybe that was to be expected. Likely a lot of you are going to be watching that more Wicked take on the Sleeping Beauty story, Maleficent, that’s set to come out next year though, and when you do, you’re going to be introduced to Blue Lagoon: The Awakening star Brenton Thwaites, who Deadline is reporting has just been cast opposite Jeff Bridges in The Giver.
This one is based off of a dystopian children’s novel by Lois Lowry that’s about a perfect society that is based on lies, but that chooses one person to be the “Receiver of Memory,” who will carry the burden of knowing his world’s past history. Bridges is playing the previous Receiver, while Thwaites will be the new kid who’s about to get a knowledge bomb dropped on his head.
Unlike a newcomer like Thwaites, pretty much everyone knows who legendary Italian actress Sophia Loren is. She’s been working since the 50s, and she’s way too buxom to be ignored. Anyway, seeing as she’s such a legend, Loren doesn’t really need to keep working constantly like most actors in the business do, so it’s very rare that we get to see her show up in a new project these days.
THR has a report that she’s set to return to the big screen soon though, and the project that’s getting her to put her working shoes back on is a film called La voce umana (The Human Voice), which is the next project being helmed by her director son, Edoardo Ponti. Based on a play by Jean Cocteau, La voce umana will star Loren as a woman on a phone call with her lover of the last five years, who is informing her that he intends on marrying another woman the next day. Understandably, she then loses her shit.