Casting News – FlixChatter Highlights Part 3

Sharlto Copley as Murdoch?
Sharlto Copley as Murdoch?

Happy Tuesday, folks. Time for some casting news I’ve compiled over the weekend. Let’s just get right to it, shall we?

  • The biggest news that sort of hit me out of left filed is concerning my favorite up & coming actor Sharlto Copley. Various sources have reported that he’s been offered the role of Murdoch in the A-team movie remake. Say wha-? Well, as of today, there’s no official announcement yet nor whether Copley has accepted. So far Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper — fresh from Summer unexpected hit The Hangover — have been cast as ‘Hannibal’ and ‘Faceman’, respectively. Neeson continuously proves he’s got range as he’s currently shooting his role as greek god Zeus in Clash of the Titans. In any case, I don’t know what to think of this, I was kind of hoping for a rather meatier role for Copley to follow up his spectacular District 9 performance, but hey this could be a pretty high-profile gig nonetheless. According to Blackfilm, many names were considered for the role, including Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Timothy Olyphant, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Chris Pine and Robert Downey Jr.. I agree with that site in that we might as well crossed Carrey and Downey from the list as they’re too famous for an ensemble cast like this. I’m curious to see if the South African actor will go for this, he’s probably weighing quite a few offers right now. Choose wisely, Mr. Copley.
  • My fave Bond girl Eva Green and Ewan McGregor are set to star in David Mackenzie’s Last Word (currently a working title). According to Screendaily, the story is about two people who fall in love as the world begins to fall apart. Mackenzie will reunite him and McGregor since the 2003 drama Young Adam, and shooting will be set in Glasgow. Sounds like a good role for my fave Scot, Gerry Butler. He and Eva were on the top of my movie couple wish list, she’d be a much better match for him than say, Jennifer Aniston?
  • Robert Redford is taking on a Lincoln assassination flick titled The Conspirator, which will focus on the aftermath of the president’s death. Earlier this year, there were reports that Steven Spielberg might be taking on a Lincoln biopic with Liam Neeson as the slavery-abolishing president, but that would focus on his life rather than the conspiracy to kill him. According to MTV movie blog, in The Conspirator, Scottish actor James McAvoy will play Frederick Aiken, an idealistic young war hero who comes to the defense of Mary Surratt (Wright Penn), the lone female member of a group accused of conspiring to kill the president. Skeptical of Surratt at first, Aiken eventually becomes convinced of the woman’s innocence. Sounds like a pretty good thriller, especially with McAvoy in the lead, who’s fantastic in Atonement.
  • I also learned from MTV that MGM/UA is doing a remake of the 1984 action drama Red Dawn (which starred the recently passing Patrick Swayze). The story is set in the dawn of WWIII, where midwestern high school students turned refugees slowly organized themselves into an effective guerrilla force to turn back the tide of Soviet and Cuban invaders. Watchmen star Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Denny in Grey’s Anatomy for those who watch the show) is in negotiation to star as the leader of a U.S. Special Forces team that discovers the teenage freedom fighters.
  • Hot off the press: Variety just reported that Inglorious Basterds‘ actor Christoph Waltz is set to replace Nicholas Cage in The Green Hornet. Seth Rogen plays the titular role, a newspaper publisher by day who becomes a masked crime fighter at night, while Cameron Diaz plays his love interest. The Austrian actor has been getting rave reviews as Basterds’ Nazi colonel. In Hornet, Watz will play Los Angeles crime boss who tries to unite the city’s various gangs in order to form a supermafia. I’m kind of meh about this superhero story, and with Rogen in the lead, I’ll probably pass on this one.