Much of what follows was written by Simon Gallagher, though I’ve added some more updates at the bottom. What we have here are a few days worth of casting updates.
First off, comes the ridiculously exciting news that Hugo Weaving will be reuniting with the Wachowskis for their adaptation of David Mitchell‘s Cloud Atlas, which already boasts Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon and Halle Berry among its impressive-looking cast. According to Weaving himself, who broke the news to Australia’s Herald Sun “all the actors will be playing more than one role. I actually have six characters in the same film and they are all different people in six different stories.”
Next up is The Hollywood Reporter’s tale of two Vivaldis. The first one we’ll probably get to see – from director Boris Damast – is set to include Claire Foy (Season of the Witch) and Max Irons (Red Riding Hood), with Neve Campbell, Jacqueline Bisset, Elle Fanning, Tom Wilkinson, Alfred Molina and Sebastian Koch also said to be in negotations. Damast’s script focuses on how Vivaldi turned a group of outcasts into an orchestra that played before the Pope.
The second, cunningly also named Vivaldi, and helmed by Patricia Riggen, is linking talents the likes of Jessica Biel, Sir Ben Kingsley, Luke Evans and violinist David Garret. This take on the composers life is said to focus on his struggles over his art, the women he loved and his priestly duties.
In not-quite-a-real-sequel news, Deadline are reporting that Miles Teller, star of the up-coming remake of Footloose is on-board for The Hangover writers’ Jon Lucas and Scott Moore‘s 21 And Over, a misadventure comedy charting the events of one night’s debauchery between two friends and their straight-edge birthday-boy buddy.
From the same source, we also now know that Alice Braga (City of God, Predators) will join Matt Damon and Jodie Foster on Neill Blomkamp‘s next alien-fest Elysium. But we don’t yet know anything about who she’s going to play.
Elsewhere, Variety have confirmed that Virginia Madsen (The Event) and Kenan Thompson (Good Burger) are in negotiations to join Rob Reiner’s drama Summer at Dog Dave’s, in which Morgan Freeman will play a wheelchair-bound author whose alcoholism is draining his passion for writing, and Madsen his new neighbor, whose family help him overcome his demons and rediscover his love of writing. Saturday Night Live regular Thompson will play Freeman’s nephew in the film. No news on whether Kel will be joining him yet…
And finally, two bits of TV casting news: the first (via Chortle.co.uk), is that UK comedian, and panel-show regular Jack Whitehall is set to join the cast of Channel 4’s new student sitcom Fresh Meat, written by Peep Show creators Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, who also scribed the brilliant Four Lions. The show, according to Channel 4’s head of drama Camilla Campbell will be ‘like Skins two years on, or This Life with more jokes’. Two years tops before America rejects the remake at the pilot stage, mark my words.
Sticking with UK terrestrial channels, the Daily Mail’s website has announced that Cockney favourite Ray Winstone has bagged the role of Magwitch in Sarah Phelps‘ BBC adaptation of Great Expectations, which is set to form the centre of the channel’s Christmas programming. The big man confirmed his excitement at the casting: “‘Great Expectations is my favourite novel, and I’m thrilled to be playing Magwitch. I’ve wanted to play him for ages, I’m really excited about Sarah Phelps’ take on the story and I can’t wait to get stuck in.” Winstone will star alongside Christopher and His Kind‘s Douglas Booth, who has been chosen for Pip.
CinemaBlend are citing a mysterious source in their claim that the new Carrie could be Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit. Incidentally, the infamous Carrie musical is coming back, off-Broadway, at the beginning of next year.
Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenburg are to join Katee Sackhoff in
the former sci-fi and fantasy TV stars’ graveyarda film called Sexy Evil Genius.
Amy Adams, our new Lois Lane, is the latest confirmed for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Film Formerly Known As The Master aka Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Western Project. Lena Endre, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons and David Warshofsky are all also on board.