Casting Roundup: Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Kate Winslet And More

Casting Roundup: Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Kate Winslet And More

Posted by October 31, 2013 Comment

channing A Blumhouse thriller, a Christmas comedy, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender. Something for everybody in today’s roundup!

Channing Tatum really has done an impressive job of turning his career around. He continues to take creative control, now in talks to produce and star in a new film called Bad Romance. There’s no logline yet – I doubt it’ll be based on the Lady Gaga song – but it’ll be directed by Jonathan Levine, who did The Wackness and 50/50 and Warm Bodies, so it sounds like another smart move for Tatum. [THR]

• James Brown biopic Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as the legendary soul singer, has added Dan Akroyd and Jill Scott to the cast that also includes Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Lennie James. Scott’s role was written for her, and she’ll play Brown’s wife. [THR]

• There’s movement again on a film Brendon reported on in August. Christmas ensemble comedy The Most Wonderful Time has now added Divergent hunk Theo James, with Amanda Seyfried, Diane Keaton and Alan Arkin still in various stages of negotiations. Interestingly, the new report does not mention Felicity Jones. [The Wrap]

Michael Fassbender is going into the gangster business – or trying to get out of it, as it were. New drama Trespass Against Us will see Fassbender as a guy who tries to get out of the (illegal, criminal, underground) family business, but will probably have a hard time doing so. [Deadline]

Ethan Hawke will star in Alejandro Amenábar’s Regression, described as an “elevated genre project” and “exciting and thrilling,” though the logline is being kept under wraps. Anyway, this is another one that will be looking for financing at AFM so it is still far from a sure thing. [Variety]

• It’s the worst part in the worst movie ever, but somehow Victor Rasuk has agreed to play Jose, the fanfiction version of Jacob Black in 50 Shades of Grey. Instead of being Native American, Jose is Mexican, and he likes to say “Ole!” a lot. Oy. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are your Edward and Bella, Christian and Anastasia, in case you’ve been lucky enough to escape any basic knowledge of the existence of this project thus far. [The Wrap]

Colin Firth and Kate Winslet are in very, very early talks to star in a film based on a real life yacht race cheating scandal that happened in the 1960s. Scott Burns wrote the screenplay and Firth would play Donald Crowhurst, who decided to lie about a race and slowly went mad trying to keep all his deceptions straight. Winslet is eyeing the role of his wife, Clare, who was known as the “sea widow” when it happened. [The Daily Mail

Dane DeHaan is perhaps the most watchable young actor around and he might be joining a new project that’s already fairly intriguing with Alicia Vikander set for the lead role in Tulip Fever, a love story set in 17th Century Amsterdam. DeHaan will have scheduling issues to work out, but boy I hope he does. [The Daily Mail]

• Blumhouse thriller Incarnate already has Aaron Eckhart playing an exorcist and Catalina Sandino Moreno in an unspecified role, and now it’s adding Game of Thrones and The Fifth Estate actress Carice Van Houten. She’ll play the mom of a possessed little boy who taps into demons in Eckhart’s character’s past. [THR]

(Last Updated November 1, 2013 10:13 am )

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