Lots and lots of casting news to share on this Thursday morning – so let’s hop right in.
Fast Six Nabs Its Villain
First up, we’ve got another name to add to the cast list for Justin Lin’s upcoming Fast 6 – the sixth (go figure) installment in the wildly popular series.
We already knew that Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would be back, and that they’d be joined by MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano, but now THR says that they’ll be working alongside Luke Evans.
Evans is penciled in to play the film’s villain, but details about his dastardly deeds are hard to come by – the script is being guarded like it was written on sheets of golden leaf. What we do know is that the action shifts to Europe this time around and that the film has a scheduled release date of May 2013.
McConaughey, Cuba Gooding Jr. Eye The Butler
Lee Daniels’s The Butler – the story of an African-American butler who served at the White House under eight separate presidents -- is currently making the rounds at the Cannes market, but it’s not just generating interest from buyers. Some big-name Hollywood talent is also lining up to get involved with the feature too.
THR says Matthew McConaughey, Terrence Howard, Alan Rickman, and Cuba Gooding Jr. are circling the project, which chronicles 50+ years of presidential history as seen through the eyes of Eugene Allen. Allen will be portrayed by Forest Whitaker, who will also be joined by Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, and John Cusack in the cast.
The film is based on a Washington Post article by Wil Haygood.
Rudd and Poehler Headline Rom-Com Spoof They Came Together
Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler have been sharing screentime on Parks and Recreation lately (with hilarious results), but now comes news they’re about to team up on the big screen as well.
IndieWire is reporting that the duo will co-star in the micro-budgeted romantic comedy spoof, They Came Together. The project is being developed at Lionsgate, based on a screenplay from Wet Hot American Summer scribes David Wain and Michael Showalter. Wain will also direct.
The film sounds like a send-up of You’ve Got Mail, with Poehler playing a woman who owns a knick-knack shop and Rudd starring as the guy working for a corporation intent on shutting her down.
There’s no official release date scheduled, but IndieWire believes the finished film should be in theaters by sometime next year.
Kyle Chandler Wants to Be a Wolf of Wall Street
Deadline has the exclusive news on the latest bit of casting for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street. Actor Kyle Chandler will join Leo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in Scorsese’s latest – a feature based on a memoir by Jordan Belfort.
DiCaprio headlines as Belfort – a hard-partying and highly successful Wall Street insider who eventually spends time in jail before getting his life back on track. Chandler, meanwhile, will play the FBI agent who takes him down. The casting sounds great -- and we fully expect more Scorsese magic when this one eventually hits theaters.