What is Casting Couch? An attempt at keeping you in the loop regarding all of your favorite actors’ careers. Today we’ve got new jobs for lovely ladies Emilia Clarke and Alison Brie as well as lovable lads Daniel Radcliffe and Logan Lerman.
The pre-production history of the film adaptation of author Seth Grahame Smith’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is a long and troubled one. To the point where you basically wish Regina George could tell Hollywood to stop trying to make the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies thing happen. But, alas, it looks like the movie has emerged from development hell into development purgatory once again. Variety is reporting that this time around they’ve attached Lily Collins to star as the Elizabeth Bennet character, with Charlie St. Cloud helmer Burr Steers apparently on board to direct. Here we go again…
Another production that’s seen its fair share of trouble is the Natalie Portman-starring Western, Jane Got a Gun. It’s seen actors leaving, directors leaving, actors changing roles, and now THR is reporting that the film’s last minute savior, Bradley Cooper, is also going to be forced to drop out, apparently for unavoidable scheduling reasons. Cooper was going to play the film’s villain, which makes him—I believe—the third actor who was supposed to play the part. But who could really keep track at this point? Presumably, new director Gavin O’Connor will be lighting a beacon in the Hollywood hills and calling for yet another replacement, ASAP. We’ll keep you updated.
It looks like Keanu Reeves is going to try to bone Reese Witherspoon on a space ship. Heat Vision is reporting that the actress is currently in negotiations to take the female lead of director Brian Kirk’s sci-fi romance, Passengers. The film, which already has Reeves attached as the male lead, is about an interstellar space trip that experiences malfunctions that lead to one of its passengers being awoken from his cryogenic slumber a century before they reach their destination. Feeling a bit lonely, the dude decides to thaw out one of the female passengers, and heck… there’s no telling where the story goes from there.
Emilia Clarke seems to have a break in her Game of Thrones schedule of worrying about her dragons and crying about slaves, so she’s going to spend it acting in a movie. THR is reporting that she’ll be starring in James Franco’s next film as a director, The Garden of Last Days, which is a film that “explores family and sexual values over the course of a night set in a Florida strip club.” Clarke will reportedly be playing a stripper who brings her three-year-old daughter to work, which is just, the saddest story I’ve ever heard. You’ve really outdone yourself this time, Florida.
Daniel Radcliffe’s next job will see him dipping his toes into the crime genre to star in a film called Tokyo Vice. From music video director Anthony Mandler, Tokyo Vice will see Radcliffe playing an American reporter in Japan who runs afoul of the local mob boss when his reporting begins to uncover a whole bunch of illegal activities. Mob bosses not liking things like that, death threats and danger follow. This one seems to be, at least in part, a true story, as the film’s script is reportedly based off of the memoirs of a real guy, named Jake Adelstein, who did similar stuff. So… who’s totally pumped to hear Radcliffe’s American accent? [Deadline]
Even though she’s got to be incredibly busy juggling regular roles on both AMC’s Mad Men and NBC’s Community, Disney-princess-come-to-life Alison Brie still somehow finds the time to take roles in a feature film or two every once in a while. According to The Wrap, her next role is going to come in an ensemble comedy called Search Party, which is about two roommates traveling to Mexico to pick up a friend who has been stranded there without clothes. TJ Miller, Adam Pally and Thomas Middleditch are starring, with Brie playing one of the lucky son of a bitch’s love interest.
The cast for David Ayer’s upcoming, dudes-traveling-around-in-a-tank-together-at-the-end-of-World-War-II movie, Fury, seems to be coming together nicely. Already we knew he had Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf set to play two of the tank’s crew, and now Deadline is reporting that The Perks of Being a Wallflower star, Logan Lerman, is going to suit up for the trip as well. He’ll be playing the character of Norman Ellison, a young and inexperienced Army typist who gets unexpectedly thrust into the position of being the tank’s gunner. Say what you will about that likely being a traumatizing experience to go through, it’s still every eight-year-old boy’s wildest dream.