Casting: 'Noah,' 'Catching Fire' and Wes Anderson's Next All Seek A-List Talent

Casting: 'Noah,' 'Catching Fire' and Wes Anderson's Next All Seek A-List Talent

Jul 09, 2012

Big name projects attract big name talent. Hardly shocking Hollywood news, but today does bring some quite cool, though hardly unorthodox, A-list names to some interesting projects.

First up is Anthony Hopkins in Darren Aronofsky's Noah. The director actually took to Twitter to announce the casting, saying he was, "honored to be working with the great sir Anthony Hopkins. We just added him to the stellar cast of ?#Noah?. ?#methuselahlives?." It's unclear how much Methuselah factors into Aronofsky's version of the Biblical tale, but in the traditional Book of Enoch, he's Noah's grandfather and helps with the completion of the ark only to die before the flood comes. Hopkins joins Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Jennifer Connelly.

Next up is official confirmation that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in Catching Fire, the second film in the Hunger Games trilogy. Variety relays that Lionsgate has signed the actor to play Plutarch Heavensbee, the head designer of the eponymous games. Filming will take place this Fall with a November 22, 2013 release date planned.

And finally in unofficial casting news, Twitch is reporting that Wes Anderson's next film is currently courting the likes of Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury. Some of those names aren't surprising considering they're regulars in Anderson's troupe, but Depp, Law and Lansbury are certainly interesting choices. Who they'll be playing and what they'll be doing are complete unknowns at this point, but if that cast pans out , Anderson's follow-up to Moonrise Kingdom is certainly shaping up to raise the casting bar.

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