Casting: Mel Gibson's Next, Michelle Williams Heads to Oz, The Great Gatsby and Akira

Casting: Mel Gibson's Next, Michelle Williams Heads to Oz, The Great Gatsby and Akira

May 18, 2011

A few casting nuggets for your Wednesday ...

-- The Beaver was not the last we've seen of Mel Gibson as the controversial actor is looking to get back into the thick of things with a potential role in the heist comedy Sleight of Hand. Brad Mirman is directing the film, which already stars Kiefer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu and Thomas Jane, and follows a bunch of "bungling burglars in Paris who inadvertently steal a rare gold coin belonging to a gangster," according to Variety.

-- They're still picking actresses to play the witches in Disney's Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful. Variety reports that Michelle Williams has joined the cast as Glinda the Good Witch. She'll star opposite her evil witch sisters (played by Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis), while James Franco will circle them all as the snake-oil salesman who travels to Oz and eventually becomes its new wizard.

-- Joel Edgerton has been chosen to play Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's re-telling of The Great Gatsby. He'll join Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Isla Fisher as Myrtle and Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. It's a fantastic cast for an iconic piece of literature, except the one thing we can't get past is that Luhrmann and Warner Bros. want to deliver this to audiences in 3D. Why, again?

-- Meanwhile, get ready for a whole slew of Navy Seal-related movies, now that the military force has been all over the news as being the men who killed Osama Bin Laden. Various movies are in development, including Lone Survivor, which will now star Taylor Kitsch (via Deadline) and be directed by Peter Berg. The two just recently teamed on the 2012 blockbuster, Battleship. Kitsch will play a SEAL who is sent to assassinate a Taliban leader with three others but is ambushed instead and forced to fight for his life.

-- And in non-casting news, Keanu Reeves pleased Akira fans everywhere by officially passing on a film that looks like it might be in a bit of trouble, according to JoBlo.

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