Happy Friday, folks! I wasn’t going to post anything today, but this news I heard yesterday just sparked my inner casting-agent yearning aspiration to new heights. The new Hollywood powerhouse Relativity Media (according to Vanity Fair’s feature on its founder Ryan Kavanaugh, the studio grossed $2 billion last year) announced yesterday that they’re producing a new ensemble comedy flix à la Paris Je T’aime or the recently released Valentine’s Day, which given its popularity, we’ll probably be seeing more of. SlashFilm reports that Peter Farrelly (of the famous comedy directing team The Farrelly Brothers), Brett Ratner, actress Elizabeth Banks (making her directing debut), Bob Odenkirk and Griffin Dunne (The Accidental Husband) are on board as directors – more filmmakers will be announced later – and it’s called Movie 43.
Now, get a hold of the cast they’ve got lined up so far:
Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Emma Stone, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet.
This is just uncanny! Just yesterday as I was browsing IMDb when The Bounty Hunter banners were splattered all over the site and at one point I glanced at a photo of the lovely Kate Winslet at Sunday’s Oscar. I immediately thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to see Gerry be in a movie with Kate instead of Jen?’ And voila!! Granted they might not be sharing a scene together here, but hey it’s a start!
Relativity Media is producing the movie with Peter Farrelly, Charles Wessler (longtime Farrelly colaborator), and GreeneStreet Films’ John Penotti. This is what Wessler said about the project: “We all sat down and came up with what we think is a hilarious through-line for the movie. Given the amount of pot I had smoked, at least I think it is hilarious.” This is likely shaping up to be an R-rated comedy in the vein of Tropic Thunder, There’s Something More About Mary, and the recent hit The Hangover.
This project definitely gets me all excited about who I’d cast if I had my way. It’ll be a super long list, but you’d most likely see Butler (natch!) among them, with Kate & Naomi as his co-stars. As for the rest, here’s a sampling.
Guys: Morgan Freeman, Rufus Sewell, Christian Bale, Alan Rickman, Mark Strong, Timothy Dalton, Alfred Molina, Denzel Washington, Lee Pace, Christoph Watlz and Viggo Mortensen.
Ladies: Cate Blanchett, Eva Green, Angela Bassett, Thandie Newton, Helen Mirren, Monica Bellucci, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson. And just because I can, I’d have them all play against type, so if an actor is used to playing intense/serious roles, I’d have him play a complete goofball or an over-sentimental lover (I’m looking at you Mr. Bale)! 🙂
Now, your turn, folks. If you could be a casting director for a similar ensemble project of any genre and money/talent is no object, who would you cast?