What is Casting Couch? It’s a quick compiling of the day’s casting news. Today it has quite a bit to say about the Fanning sisters.
If you had to pick one breakout star from HBO’s wildly successful fantasy series, Game of Thrones, it would have to be Peter Dinklage. Sure, the guy has been doing solid work for years, but post-Game of Thrones he’s now a name. It’s quite a coup for first time director Paki Smith then, that he’s just cast Dinklage in his first film, A Long Way Home. According to Variety, this one is a story of magic, adventure, and a young boy who’s questing to be reunited with his family…which kind of sounds like kids’ stuff. Hopefully it still finds reason to give Dinklage ample opportunity to be drunken and perverse, because that’s when he’s at his best (worst?).
Most people with solid heads on their shoulders were of the opinion that the charming ghost story ParaNorman was the best animated film of 2012, so it’s exciting that the company that put it together, Laika, has announced [via ComingSoon] they have another project coming up. And what’s even more exciting is the voice cast that got announced alongside it. The movie is a Victorian-era monster story called The Boxtrolls, and its voice cast includes names like Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan. I challenge you to find a single name in there that isn’t awesome.
Despite the fact that she’s statuesque in her beauty, many have been of the opinion that Jessica Alba doesn’t make for the greatest actress. Still though, when someone looks this good, it’s hard not to point a camera at them, so Myriad Pictures has announced [also via ComingSoon] that she’s just been cast as the star of their latest project, Weightless. So who’s she going to be playing in this one? A model? Maybe someone who designs handbags? Nope. Turns out she’ll be playing an astronaut who crash lands a spaceship and then decides to bond with the brother of the motorcycle rider she killed in a car accident before she got shot up into space. Oh, boy.
In an attempt to make up for this Jessica Alba as an astronaut news, Myriad Pictures has also announced [via ComingSoon again] that they’re in final negotiations with Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitzky to direct a neo-noir they’re putting together called Caught Stealing. The casting part of this news is that they’ve already signed Alec Baldwin and Patrick Wilson to star. Wilson will be playing a peaked-too-early high school athlete turned bartender who gets sucked into a deadly series of events after agreeing to watch his neighbor’s cat. Baldwin will be playing the psycho cop who, along with Russian mobsters, a Samoan hit man, and a pair of psychotic brothers, want what’s hidden in the cat’s cage. See, Jessica Alba as an astronaut movie? There’s a difference between sounding ridiculous in a good way and sounding ridiculous in a bad way.
According to Variety, Noah actor Douglas Booth is the latest to join the Wachowskis’ upcoming sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending. What role he’ll be playing is a mystery, but as a reminder, this is the movie about a world where humans are at the bottom of the evolutionary food chain wherein our hero is a woman who has been targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe. So, you know, more Wachowski weirdness. Booth joins the already cast Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, and Sean Bean. I mentioned Mila Kunis’ name twice because she’s my favorite.
A Moment to Remember is a remake of a Korean film that was based on a Japanese TV show (talk about source material Inception). It’s about a fashion designer who gets a disease that wipes away her memory, which leaves her husband trying to find a way to give her one last memory of the love they share. Not only is this going to be Ben Lewin’s followup to his buzzed about biopic, The Sessions, but THR has the scoop that it’s also the latest film that’s going to try to cast kiss of death actress Katherine Heigl in a lead role without subsequently becoming wildly unsuccessful. Good luck to you on that, A Moment to Remember. Many movies have tried, and many movies have failed.
West of Memphis director Amy Berg is going to try her hand at helming a narrative feature, and the story she’s chosen to bring to the big screen is Laura Lippman’s 1994 novel “Every Secret Thing.” It’s a spooky mystery yarn about two young girls who get convicted of killing an infant and are sent to jail until they turn 18. The mystery comes in when, upon the girls’ coming-of-age and subsequent release, children start to go missing and the town folk decide to take a closer look at the girls’ original crime. The delightful duo of Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks are already attached to the film as one of the girl’s mother and a cop, and Deadline has the scoop that Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald have just been cast as the two (possibly) creepy, (likely) dead-eyed little murderers.
Speaking of girls named Dakota, Ben and Kate star Dakota Johnson has just got a new job working on a feature. According to Deadline, she’s joined names like Aaron Paul and Michael Keaton in Dreamworks’ upcoming video game adaptation, Need For Speed. There’s not yet any word on what character Johnson is going to play, but seeing as this is a movie about fast cars, chances are it’s going to have a scene where a dishy dame drops a flag at the beginning of some sort of high stakes street race, so how about we just assume she’s going to be doing that?
News out of Variety is that Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon (!!), Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) are all starring in a movie called Young Ones. A sort of sci-fi/dystopian type thing, Young Ones is set in a Mad Max-esque future where water is the most precious resource, and it centers on a 14-year-old boy (presumably Smit-McPhee) who’s trying his damndest to survive. It’s coming from writer/director Jake Paltrow, which pretty much only means something if you’ve seen his 2007 film The Good Night. Anyone? Bueller?