Casting agents are working overtime this week – here’s all the latest news about which stars are appearing in upcoming films.
-- Glee creator Ryan Murphy is set to bring One Hit Wonders – a musical comedy about three 90’s pop stars who watched their solo careers fade into obscurity -- to the big screen. To become relevant again, the divas form a sort of has-been supergroup and what are sure to be hilarious hijinks follow.
The project is already set up at Sony – and has attracted some big name talent to the cast. Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Cameron Diaz will play the former pop goddesses and they’re set to be joined by Andy Samberg and Beyonce in as yet unidentified roles. Plans are for Murphy to make his AIDS drama The Normal Heart next, but One Hit Wonders should go in front of cameras after that. [via IndieWire]
If you needed proof that winning or simply being nominated for an Oscar can have a huge impact on your career, here you go.
-- Nate Faxon and Jim Rash won a Best Adapted Screenplay award for their work on The Descendants Sunday night, and now – on Wednesday – they’ve just sold a new action comedy script. Meanwhile, Kristen Wiig was nominated for an Oscar Sunday night (she didn’t win…), but she’s set to star in this new Faxon and Rash project. See? Getting ahead in Hollywood is easy – just get an Oscar nod and it’s smooth sailing from there. [via Vulture]
-- Relativity Media is ready to pull the trigger on The Most Wonderful Time – yet another imaginatively titled holiday comedy. While these sorts of films have become almost cliché at this point, at least this one has some potentially interesting casting working in its favor.
According to sources, Robert Redford and Diane Keaton are eyeing the project, which focuses on the “chaos of a family around Christmastime, featuring storylines and multiple characters that intersect.” Not exactly the most original idea in the world, but maybe Redford and Keaton can make it work.
The Most Wonderful Time will be directed by Jessie Nelson – who last directed the 2001 Sean Penn film I Am Sam. [via Deadline]
-- Good news, fight fans! Mike Tyson is coming back for The Hangover Part III.
Iron Mike dropped the news in a recent interview with The Boxing Blog. The film, which is slated to begin production this summer for release in May 2013, is supposedly the end of the series. [via ComingSoon]