Casting News: Three I like … and one I dread

I was in the middle of finishing this post when I saw Castor’s Weekly News, there are even more movie news over on his blog, but I’m highlighting these three as they made me jump for joy… whilst the last one did the opposite. Here goes:

  • Latino Review reported last week that Aussie actor Sam Worthington was apparently too busy to star in McG’s action rom-com This Means War. Seriously, for a relative ‘newbie’ in Hollywood to have more than a half dozen projects lined up for him is quite impressive! But I’m excited to hear that Inception‘s scene-stealer Tom Hardy has signed up to take his place. He’s joining Chris Pine who will play best friends who ends up waging a battle against each other when they fall for the same woman, played by lucky girl Reese Witherspoon. Filming probably starts when she wraps filming Water for Elephants with Christoph Waltz and Robert Pattinson. I’m so glad to see Hardy nabs another Hollywood role, this marks the second time Hardy gets the role that Worthington was supposedly involved. The Avatar star was rumored to be involved in the 4th Mad Max sequel Fury Road last year, but Hardy’s been officially cast opposite Charlize Theron.
  • Now, I’m REALLY hoping that the success of Inception will garner attention to the actors who deserve ’em most. Leo doesn’t need any more help, but Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, now I’d LOVE to see more of those two on Hollywood movies. I’m not saying they should give up independent flicks, no sireee I’m not suggesting that at all, but hey it’s also nice to be able to see their movies in the theaters instead of waiting to see them available on Netflix.

    Well, talk about wish come true. Cillian has just been cast in a British thriller called Retreat with the beautiful Thandie Newton, a role vacated by Jason Isaac. Here’s the plot according to Deadline: Murphy and Newton will play a husband and wife who rent a remote island cottage while trying to repair their marriage. One day they find a biohazard-suited soldier washed up on the beach, who warns them that everybody on the mainland has been killed by an airborne virus. That’s when the psychological fun-and-games begin… It sounds very 28 Days Later-ish, not sure if this is another zombie flick?? I’m not exactly fond of that genre, but as long as Cillian is in this, I’m more than willing to give it a look!
  • Ok, now this is the non-casting news I’m REALLY thrilled about. As I said back in June, I was excited to see the cast lined up for X-Men: First Class, which includes the likes of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult. But then, out of nowhere a teen werewolf threatened to wreak havoc in the classy mutant school. Who else but Taylor Lautner, eeek!! Latino Review actually said producer Bryan Singer was the one considering it: “I wanted Taylor [Lautner] to do it, I really did,” Singer said in an exclusive interview. “He’s doing a movie in Pittsburgh called Abduction, and then he’s got the next Twilight movie. We talked about it a lot–he is a friend–and I really wanted to make it work. It just doesn’t look like it’s possible to do it.” Phew! I’m glad that didn’t happen. I wonder if director Matthew Vaughn put the kibosh on the whole idea? Doesn’t matter now, what matters is that the teen beefcake boy is NOT joining the cast. YAY!
  • Unfortunately, I hit a snag as I was jumping for joy, and it’s involving Twilight, again! Lee Pace, one talented actor I’m hoping will catch his big break soon, is rumored to be joining the teen vampire’s latest installment Breaking Dawn. Talk about major eeek factor! Cinematical shed a light as to the role he’s supposedly in the running for called Garrett, [he’s] one of the vampiric nomads… an adventurous nomad — a tall, rangy vampire with eager ruby eyes and long sandy hair he kept tied back with a leather thong. Ok, so the tall, hunky 31-year-old fits that description (hence his inclusion in this top ten list), but please, you’re too good for this, Lee! The Oklahoma native first caught my attention in Tarsem Singh’s The Fall, a surreal, fantastical visual feast spawned from an injured stunt-man’s imagination. If you haven’t seen this one, I highly recommend it. In any case, I’m hoping this story is just a rumor, at least one source has already disputed it, so there is still hope!

Well folks, any particular casting news lately tickle your fancy lately?

13 thoughts on “Casting News: Three I like … and one I dread

  1. I’m writing the same thing on Cillian Murphy 🙂

    I wish he can show his amazing talent in Hollywood movies, all his Hollywood movies don’t show his actual tallent…which is very brilliant.

    Hehehe I can see you smilling reading this comment and thinking ‘when it comes to Cillian, she is really fast in commenting’

    1. I just left you a couple of comments on your post, Nov. So we can be jumping up and down together, he..he.. I see your point that his acting talent really shine in Irish or Independent movies, but I think he’s good in everything, and his American accent is so believable which adds more realism when he’s portraying an American.

      Well if you don’t comment when I mention Mr. Murphy I’d think something is seriously wrong here… so yes, I’ve come to expect that from you Nov! 🙂

      1. I have seen it and replied it 🙂 So true in he’s good in everything…he is a great chameleon. You’ve got to see him in Peacock!! he is not gorgeous anymore but I can’t take my eyes of his brilliant act.

        ah that accent!! he is really good in doing accent. His Cork accent is so thick, it always come out during interview but completely gone when he is in American movies.

        Hehehe I’m so predictable, huh?

    1. Oh I’d be jumping up and down, too! I sure hope DDL will do that role instead of the originally-rumored Brad Pitt (ugh!) To see Daniel squaring off against RDJ would be heavenly!

  2. Agree on Cillian Murphy – very talented actor who hasn’t been allowed to flourish yet in Hollywood. He was devilishly menacing in Wes Craven’s Red Eye though.

    1. Yes, I saw that movie because of him. He really was creepy, but there’s something so vulnerable and melancholy about him that draws you in, which makes him a very effective villain.

    2. Cillian’s character in Red Eye really believeable…at least it makes one of my students (who happens to be as crazy over movies as I am) raised her eyebrow in surprise when I mentioned that I love Cillian so much, she said that Cillian has psycho face, this assumption was made after she saw Red Eye

    1. Sadly I never got to watch an episode and it’s already canceled 😦 I might have to rent it from Netflix one of these days. I happen to like Anna Friel as well.

      1. Mike B.

        I bet it will be worth a watch on cable somewhere down the line. I just watched the “new” Rambo the other night on cable. It’s the second time I’ve seen it. Hell yes, it was corny. But I kept watching.

        Sly can make pretty solid action films. He puts something in there that makes them a step above his imitators.

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