It’s Friday, so that can only mean one thing: it’s time for your last casting report of the week.
-- Not long ago, we reported that Kevin Costner was set to play a villain in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained. We were excited about the idea of seeing the normally squeaky clean and heroic Costner play another villain (he did well in Mr. Brooks), but it appears it’s not meant to be.
Geek Tyrant is reporting (via a tweet from Variety writer Justin Kroll) that the actor has to pass on the part due to the ever popular “scheduling conflicts.” Naturally, we’re pretty disappointed – we can only imagine how QT might have used Costner in his film, and now that’s all we’ll ever be able to do. Does make you wonder, though – what’s on Costner’s schedule that’s so important that he wouldn’t want to get out of it to appear in Tarantino’s latest?
-- Director Steven Soderbergh has a lot of projects in the works for someone who’s about to retire. His thriller Contagion is currently in theaters, he’s working on the male stripper flick Magic Mike currently, and he’s got an update of the 1960’s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ready to start filming in February.
That film was dealt a pretty severe blow a few weeks ago, when frequent Soderbergh collaborator George Clooney was forced to pass on the lead role (Clooney’s set to have back surgery and won’t be able to do the required action scenes), but the title is still moving forward.
There’s been no speculation on who might replace Clooney, but IndieWire has three performers who’re on the shortlist for the part of villain Ilya Kuryakin: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, and Alexander Skarsgard. While it seems likely that Gosling and Gordon-Levitt would be the bigger box office draws, neither one comes across as particularly Russian. Skarsgard is Scandinavian, which also isn’t Russian, but would probably still make him more suited for the role than either of his potential competitors. We love JGL and Gosling, but we’re not convinced either really fits for this part. We’ll keep an eye on this story and see how it develops.
-- The foreign film remake train just keeps chugging along in Hollywood, and the latest title set for an update is Juan Jose Campanella’s Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes.
The film, which is about “a retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later,” could star Denzel Washington according to our friends over at Twitch.
Washington has apparently been offered the lead role in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Americanization of the film, but there’s been no word yet on whether the actor will take the part or not. Expect more on this one as things move forward.
-- Last, but certainly not least, THR reports that former Saturday Night Live cast member Will Forte is set to join Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy Neighborhood Watch.
Forte, best known for his work as MacGruber, will play a character named Sergeant Bressman in the Akiva Schaffer-directed comedy about a group of neighbors who form a watch group and uncover a gigantic conspiracy.
As THR points out, Forte’s got a lot of big projects in the works. Aside from this title, the actor’s also set to appear in I Hate You Dad – alongside Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg – Rock of Ages, and Billion Dollar Movie (which sees the actor teaming with Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis. If that weren’t enough to keep him busy, he’s also voicing the title character on Fox’s new animated series Allen Gregory.