Casting Bites: Hayley Atwell May Set Sail with 'Nemo,' 'Bridesmaids' Star in the New 'Bad Santa,' 'Skyfall' Adds to Cast & Clive Owen Gets Another Actioner

Casting Bites: Hayley Atwell May Set Sail with 'Nemo,' 'Bridesmaids' Star in the New 'Bad Santa,' 'Skyfall' Adds to Cast & Clive Owen Gets Another Actioner

Nov 08, 2011

The Return of Captain Nemo, a $10 million (which is probably an error on the part of Deadline; think $100 million) 3D adventure tale, wants Captain America star Hayley Atwell for the role of Sara. The Reaping's David Morrissey will play her uncle — who also happens to be chief advisor to President Ulysses S. Grant. Morrissey's government figure will be freeing Nemo (Downtown Abbey's Hugh Bonneville) from prison to embark on a quest that uncovers the mystery behind a series of sea monster shipwrecks. Atwell's biding her time, though, before setting sail on the steampunk nautical journey. If she's offered a part in Tom Cruise's Oblivion, she'll be jumping Nemo's ship for the big bucks. Nemo plans to shoot this coming January in order to hopefully beat out Disney's David Fincher version of the Jules Verne saga, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which has resurfaced.

-- Bridesmaids star Wendi McLendon-Covey — who just wrapped up working on the male stripper story, Magic Mike — will be starring in an unusual holiday picture that's being dubbed A White Trash Christmas. Variety describes the cheery tale similar to A Christmas Carol, in that a " … whiskey-soaked, trashy mother who is visited by three ghosts who try to show her a path to a brighter future." Will this be the female version of Bad Santa?

-- James Bond now has a Twitter account, and according to the Secret Service agent's feed, Harry Potter actress Helen McCrory and Ola Rapace — who just happens to be The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace's ex husband — have been added to the cast. No other info has been provided at this time. 007's Twitter account shared: "There are two new additions to the cast of Skyfall: Helen McCrory and Ola Rapace." Skyfall will find Bond's loyalty to M tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Adventures and Bond babes abound.

-- Clive Owen is riding the action star superhighway and will be appearing in the Paul Schrader-written Recall. Owen will play an NSA agent who realizes that something went terribly wrong when he recalls the sketchy events of a failed hostage rescue mission. Malice's Harold Becker is directing and plans to start production some time in March. Killer Elite didn't win Owen any favors, but with Schrader on script duties the actor may have better luck this time around.

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