It’s been a slow week on the casting front – almost like Hollywood took an extended Labor Day vacation – but things are picking up. As proof, we’ve got three new bits of casting and directing news today.
-- Gwyneth Paltrow is now set to join Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins in the comedy Thanks for Sharing – the feature film debut from The Kids Are All Right writer Stuart Blumberg. According to IndieWire’s sources, Paltrow will play Ruffalo’s girlfriend in the film, which focuses on three people who become friends while working their way through a 12-Step program for sex addicts. Paltrow isn’t the only female to join the cast – the actress is also joined by Joely Richardson, who will play the wife of Tim Robbins’ character.
-- Actress Marion Cotillard has signed on to headline an adaptation of Craig Davidson’s short story collection, Rust and Bone. ComingSoon says the actress will work with A Prophet director Jacques Audiard on the project, which will apparently feature stories about dogfighting, gamblers, boxers, and sex addicts (seems like there’s a theme here – two movies with sex addicts in one post?).
Cotillard has a full dance card – the Oscar-winning actress has wrapped on Contagion and will also appear in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.
-- Director Erik Brevig is set to reteam with Brendan Fraser on the upcoming family adventure flick, William Tell. Previously, the director and actor united for the 3D hit Journey to the Center of the Earth. Brevig also directed last summer’s Yogi Bear.
Shooting on the project will begin in Romania and Switzerland next spring according to Deadline. Brevig is replacing director Nick Hurran on the project, which is centered on the historical figure William Tell and has a $27 million shooting budget. Tell is best known for shooting an apple off of his son’s head after the son refused to show the proper respect to a local official. Tell nailed the shot and freed both his son and himself – and became a historical figure in the process.