What is Casting Couch? It’s a gathering together of casting news from all across the Internet. Today we finally, finally know who Disney has cast as the lead of their new version of Cinderella.
It seems like just yesterday Kevin Costner was playing sleazy baseball players and checking little girls for tattoos of the map to dry land, but now he’s going to be a grandfather. Deadline is reporting that the veteran actor is all set to re-team with his Upside of Anger director, Mike Binder, to star in a new film called Black and White. The story will see Costner’s character taking care of his bi-racial granddaughter after both his daughter and his wife die due to tragic accidents. If all of that isn’t already bad enough, more trouble comes along when the baby’s paternal grandmother comes along and wants to take the kid away from him. Sounds like he’s going to have to lay on some of that patented Costner charm to get through this one.
Woody Allen’s next movie sounds like it’s going to be completely awesome. What do we know about it? Not much really, not even its title. However, we do know that it’s going to be shooting in the south of France, that Emma Stone is going to be its female lead, and we now know that Colin Firth is likely to join the film as its male lead. That’s not much to go on, but it’s pretty much all one needs to sign off on seeing a movie, isn’t it? Not that casting news is over on this one. It’s a Woody Allen movie, there’s bound to be about a million more big names signing on in coming weeks. [Deadline]
Olga Kurylenko is probably one of the most attractive people on the planet, so the news that she’s going to be starring in a movie about a boarding school full of sexy vampire girls is definitely reason to celebrate. The particulars of this deal come from Deadline, who report that she’s just taken the lead role of Kirova, who is the headmistress of said boarding school, in the big screen adaptation of Richelle Mead’s popular YA series, “Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters.” A multi-national crew of lovely ladies including Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovski, are in supporting roles, and… you’re not even reading this anymore, are you? You’re already on Google image search.
Ever since killing it in Bridesmaids, it’s seemed like Chris O’Dowd has landed new roles on a weekly basis. And with good reason, seeing as he’s ridiculously funny and pretty attractive in a scruffy way. His latest gig comes from Max Winkler’s upcoming comedy The Coward, which already has Girls star Adam Driver set up as its star. Driver plays a criminal whose family has a history of losing gunfights, so when a duel eventually comes his way, he hires a criminal (O’Dowd) to take his place in the fight. Criminals being criminals though, O’Dowd’s character isn’t too motivated to give up the wealthier man’s identity, and hijinx ensue. [The Wrap]
You know that Civil War-set thriller The Keeping Room, that stars Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, and Nicole Beharie as three ladies who get holed up in a house and have to defend it from a pack of rogue soldiers? Well, it’s just made another casting coup. Deadline is reporting that Avatar star, Sam Worthington, has just signed on to the film in a major role. He’ll be playing one of the soldiers, which means he’s probably been spending the last few days staring at himself in the mirror and practicing his rape faces. Chances are you’ll get to see him come to a violent end in this one.
Million Dollar Arm has a lot going for it. It’s got a talented director in Craig Gillespie, a cast of handsome actors in Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Suraj Sharma, and Alan Arkin, and an interesting story about Indian cricket players trying out to be MLB pitchers. It’s kind of lacking in the lady department though. I mean, this movie was sounding like a real sausage fest. So it’s a good thing that The Playlist is reporting that Lake Bell has just been added to its cast. The chick to dude ratio is still completely skewed one way, but a lady like Bell can make up for a lot. Good work, Disney, you really produced on this one.
But one thing Disney has been having a little bit of trouble with is finding an actress to play Cinderella in their upcoming live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale. Cate Blanchett has been on board as the evil stepmother for what seems like an eternity, but every plan they’ve made to fill the title role has fallen through. Until now. The studio has just announced [via Coming Soon] that Downton Abbey cutie Lily James is now official to don the glass slippers. Taking on a character as beloved as Cinderella should be a good opportunity for James to make a good second impression here in the States and win over some fans, because her character on Downton kind of comes off like their cousin Oliver—and nobody’s cute enough to make that not seem annoying.