Time to cue up Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and find out Who’s Zooing Who in Movieland tonight.
Perhaps derailing her supposed appearance in Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Scarlett Johansson is now in “final negotiations” for a lead role in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo. Amy Adams had been in the running for the same part, but she’s gone off to meet Walter the Muppet instead.
Johansson will be playing the wife of Matt Damon’s character, and without knowing how faithful to Benjamin Mee’s memoir the film will be, or how fictionalised the characters and situations might end up, I don’t know anything else about her role. In life, however, Mee’s wife was dying of brain cancer when her husband decided to buy a UK zoo and relocate from the US in order to run it. Trying times.
Meanwhile, the trailer and poster for Zoo Keeper have been unveiled. Kevin James seems to be going through a “blue collar vocations” phase in the same way that Will Ferrell got hooked on sports movies. What’s next for James? Nightwatchman maybe? They do seem to like him as guard of some kind.
I don’t think Zookeeper is one for me.
Jenna Fischer,Topher Grace, Malin Akerman and Chris Messina have all been cast in writer-director Lee Kirk’s The Giant Mechanical Man. The Wrap haven’t convinced me that any actual giant mechanical men will feature in the film, but do at least explain why I’ve included the film in my zoo-movie round-up:
The story follows a soft-spoken zoo worker (Fischer) who falls for a misunderstood street performer (Messina). Akerman will play Fischer’s well-meaning sister who pushes her towards dating a pompous motivational speaker (Grace).
I’m fully in support of more Jenna Fischer in the movies, and I’ve never said no to a bit of Chris Messina either. Grace and Akerman, not so much, but we’ll see…