Casting Roundup: Ian McKellen Is The New Sherlock Holmes, Joel Edgerton Is The New Johnny Depp

edgerton Ian McKellen is the latest actor to tackle Sherlock Holmes, Joel Edgerton replces Johnny Depp and Dark Places is still not done with casting yet in today’s casting news roundup.

• Long-gestating Johnny Depp project Shantaram is alive again, but it’s no longer a Depp star vehicle. Joel Edgerton has been courted by the former-star-turned-producer-only personally to star in the thin-veiled true life tale masked as a novel about a heroin addict who escapes prison, reinvents himself as a doctor in India and ultimately ending up helping fend off Russian troops in Afghanistan. Eli Roth wrote the script and the search is on for a director. [Deadline]

Ian McKellen is the latest actor to play Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective Sherlock Holmes. Bill Condon’s next project is called A Slight Trick of the Mind and features Holmes as retired and Watson-less decades after his prime investigating years, but still haunted by a fifty-year old case. [THR]

Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places is already boasting quite a cast and indeed, is already filming, but it is still not done casting yet. Drea de Matteo is the latest to join the Charlize Theron-led cast in the twisted tale about child killers and the adults they become. de Matteo is taking a supporting role that once belonged to Christina Hendricks after the Mad Men star was bumped up to a larger part. [THR]

• Here’s an indie that sounds pretty cool, about four strangers who meet at a bar and decide to leave their spouses and real life troubles behind for one night on the town in a stretch limo. Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Eliza Coupe, Demetri Martin and Kyle Bornheimer will play the leads in The Last Time You Had Fun for diector Mo Perkins. [Deadline]

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