Getting ready for the weekend? Here’s the latest in casting news to help ease you through the last day of the work week.
-- Woody Harrelson has been generating a lot of positive buzz for his work as a corrupt LAPD officer in Oren Moverman’s Rampart (could this be his Denzel Washington/Training Day moment?) but the busy actor isn’t one to rest on his laurels. A Variety report says the actor has now signed up to star alongside Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, and Morgan Freeman in Louis Leterrier’s new heist flick, Now You See Me.
Harrelson is negotiating to play a magician who once performed for the Queen of England, but after an incident sends him packing for Vegas, he joins The Four Horsemen – a group of super illusionists who pull off elaborate bank robberies.
The film should start shooting later this year.
-- Guillermo Del Toro’s robots vs. monsters flick Pacific Rim already had an impressive cast (including Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and Willem Dafoe, amongst others), and now it appears as though Diego Klattenhoff will be joining the team.
Klattenhoff’s role is being kept secret, but Variety is reporting that the Homeland co-star is expected to appear in the film’s opening scene.
Klattenhoff’s becoming a big name in Hollywood. He was offered a part in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. Pacific Rim isn’t quite as prestigious, but it’s still a pretty nice consolation prize.
-- THR says Malin Akerman is set to join Peter Wellerman’s latest, a dark comedy entitled Cottage Country.
The actress will star alongside Tyler Labine in the twisted tale of a man who’s looking to propose to his girlfriend at the family cottage. Those plans are ruined when his slacker brother and free-spirited girlfriend show up to crash the party.
The film is currently shooting in Canada and is expected to release at some point in 2012.
-- Steve Carell has been picked to star in Moneyball director Bennet Miller’s upcoming Foxcatcher.
The film, based on the real-life story of the murder of Olympic gold medal wrestler David Schultz by John du Pont (heir to the du Pont family fortune), will have Carell playing du Pont. Schultz was killed by the schizophrenic du Pont at the family’s wrestling facility – named Foxcatcher – after which du Pont locked himself inside his mansion and spent the next two days negotiating his surrender. No motive for the crime was ever established, and du Pont died in prison at the age of 72 last year.
This is a pretty big change of pace for the normally funny Carell – we’re curious to see what he might do with this more dramatic role. Variety reports that filming on Foxcatcher is slated to begin in March of 2012.