Casting Round-Up: Steve Carell Headlines 'Lunatics', Rex Linn Joins 'Django Unchained', Max Irons meets 'The Host'

Casting Round-Up: Steve Carell Headlines 'Lunatics', Rex Linn Joins 'Django Unchained', Max Irons meets 'The Host'

Nov 11, 2011

Actor Steve CarellWondering which big name Hollywood stars are signing on to new films? Wonder no more – we’ve got the latest casting news for you below.

Steve Carell continues his quest to be in every movie made with today’s news that the actor is now attached to yet another feature. Universal wants the funnyman to headline their latest acquisition, Lunatics – a comedy about “a kids' soccer referee who crosses paths with an irate father of a player leading to the pair on the run from the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.” Sounds like it’s something perfectly suited for Carell.

Lunatics now joins Meeting a Friend at the End of the World, Great Hope Springs, Burt Wonderstone, Foxcatcher, Frank or Francis, and Despicable Me 2 on Carell’s confirmed list of features. On top of that, he’s got tons of projects in development. If Carell doesn’t successfully manage the jump from TV to film, it won’t be for a lack of trying… [via IndieWire]

CSI: Miami actor Rex Linn is set to join Jamie Foxx, Leo DiCaprio, and Kurt Russell in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained according to Geek Tyrant.

No word yet on who the actor will play in Tarantino’s southern-fried homage to spaghetti westerns, but since the major roles are set, we can only assume he’s a minor supporting character. If you’ve been living under a rock and somehow don’t know what Django Unchained is about it, it’s Tarantino’s tale of a freed slave (Foxx) bounty hunter who sets out to rescue his still-enslaved wife from an evil plantation owner (DiCaprio). Sources are already classifying the film as a “pure popcorn revenge flick.” We’ll let you know where Linn fits in as more details are revealed.

Stephenie Meyer fans may still be coming to grips with the fact that next year’s Twilight film is the end of the line for the supernatural young adult series, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of Meyers at the movies. While Bella and Edward’s story may be at an end, the author’s 2008 sci-fi novel The Host is still slated for a big screen adaptation. The film won’t be released until 2013, but that’s not stopping Open Road Films from casting actors.

Max Irons, son of the venerable Jeremy Irons, has landed the role of Jared. He joins Saoirse Ronan, who plays a young woman who’s host to an alien visitor known as The Wanderer. To keep the Twilight-esque romantic complications going, Ronan is in love with Irons’ character, but a second romantic suitor, played by Jake Abel, is in love with The Wanderer inside her. Sounds oddly disturbing. We need a Cliff’s Notes version to keep this all straight.

At any rate, fans of Meyer’s unique brand of teen fiction should be thrilled to know that Twilight isn’t the end of the line for the author’s works on the big screen. [via Inside Movies]

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