What is Casting Couch? It’s starting off the week right with a new round of casting announcements. Read on to find out which project is going to unite the dream team of Ellen Burstyn and Luis Guzman.
Godzilla has found another puny human to knock over a building onto. Deadline is reporting that Happy Go Lucky star Sally Hawkins has just been hired to take what is being described as the last lead role in Gareth Edwards’ currently-filming Godzilla. Though Hawkins has become something of a big name in the indie world over the last decade or so, this will be her first role in a blockbuster film that utilizes big action and effects work and whatnot, so it should be interesting to see if she’s one of those actors who transitions well into doing larger scale work, or if she’s one of those actors who looks disengaged and out of place whenever they’re involved in something with a big studio label on it. You know, like James Franco.
The Calling may be coming from first-time feature director Jason Stone and a first-time feature writer in Scott Abramovitch, but it’s still going to have a heck of a lot of experience on set thanks to its cast. Deadline is reporting that Susan Sarandon has taken the lead role in the film, which casts her as a detective in a small Canadian town who ends up having to track down a serial killer. Topher Grace is also on board as the hotshot transfer from Toronto who becomes her partner, and names like Gil Bellows, Donald Sutherland, Christopher Heyerdahl, and Ellen Burstyn fill out the rest of the cast in smaller roles. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hear their Canadian accents.
That’s not the end of the casting news we’ve got regarding Ellen Burstyn, either. The legendary actress is part of another quartet of names who have joined the indie drama Enemy Way. According to Variety, Burstyn, Harvey Keitel, Brenda Blethyn, and the esteemed Luis Guzman join the already-attached Forest Whitaker in this Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory) film. The plot sees Whitaker playing a man who’s trying to rebuild his life in a small New Mexico town after spending 18 years in prison. Keitel, apparently, will be playing a sheriff who wants him thrown back in the hoosegow for life.
Skins actress Kaya Scodelario has joined Wes Ball’s upcoming sci-fi novel adaptation The Maze Runner. The news comes from Ball’s Twitter account [via Coming Soon], where he broke the news by saying, “Aml Ameen and Kaya Scodelario were mesmerizing on camera today,” and then cheekily adding, “Oops. Did I just reveal @kScodders is our Teresa? :)” Teresa, in James Dashner’s novel, was the only female member of “The Gladers,” who are the group of young folk who wake up one day to find that their memories have been erased and that they’re trapped inside of a giant maze. Scodelario joins a cast that already includes names like the aforementioned Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Will Poulter.
Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming period-set disaster epic Pompeii has signed on another familiar face. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who’s probably best know for playing Mr. Eko on Lost, and who will soon be seen as the evil Kurse in Thor 2: The Dark World, will be playing a gladiator/slave who befriends Kit Harrington’s protagonist. If you’ll recall, the basic plot here is that Harington’s character is a slave who is trying to save his true love from being married off to the same corrupt politician who killed his family. Kiefer Sutherland, Emily Browning, Jared Harris, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pingue round out the rest of the cast who are all doomed to be covered in molten lava. Or, at least, one would imagine. The movie is called Pompeii, after all. [Variety]