Flix Casting News: Rufus Sewell, Christian Bale & James McAvoy

It’s been ages since I posted a news post but today I learned three exciting casting news of three of my favorite actors I’d like to share with you all.

Rufus Sewell cast in Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Thanks to my pal Castor who tipped me about this news yesterday. This is awesome news! My pal Becky who’s a die-hard Rufus fan has been dismayed about the demise of the Aurelio Zen detective series and there’s been no news on an upcoming project. I’ve actually heard about this bizarre-plotted project when they were still casting the lead role of the 16th US president, which went to someone I’ve never heard of, Benjamin Walker. [On a side note: Interestingly, Walker had been performing in the rock musical on stage called Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson as another US president]

Anyway, the plot certainly gives you a pause… “President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.” Huh?? Yep, and it’s based on a historical fiction of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith, the same author of the equally wacky Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. According to various tweets on the movie, Sewell has been cast as Adam, the lead vampire villain that’ll be hunted down by the prez.

Oo-kay.It’s really not my cup of tea but it’s one of those things that’s so outlandish it’s bound to get you at least curious enough to check it out, and with Sewell’s involvement is certainly a big plus. Sewell’s done all kinds of roles under the sun but most people identify him with playing bad boy roles, so as my guest blogger Becky said, ‘he’s back to his old tricks again’ But hopefully a pretty high profile role like this would open more doors to bigger roles in the future!

I’m also curious to see Russian director Timur Bekmambetov’s second Hollywood movie since Wanted. One thing for sure, this guy knows how to create an exhilarating thriller with plenty of ridiculously fun action sequences. This time with fangs 🙂 Anyway, according to Variety, this movie is set to be shot in 3D starting in March, is scheduled for a June 22, 2012 release.

Christian Bale in Zack Snyder’s side project The Last Photograph

I’ve also heard about Christian Bale possibly doing this movie for quite a while, but I had no idea the idea of the story came from Zack Snyder around the time he made 300 and had been written by his 300‘s co-screenwriter Kurt Johnstad. Per Playlist, “…the plot revolves a photograph that becomes the catalyst for a journey two men undertake through war-torn Afghanistan”.

Bale would play a journalist and the sole witness and survivor of an attack on a group of Americans in that region. I’m not usually not a war movie fan, but something about the story intrigues me. I’m not too keen on the rumor that Sean Penn is being considered for a role of an ex-special ops soldier who’s on a quest to free a kidnapped family member. Hey may be a good actor but I just can’t stand the guy and he just comes across so darn smug and grouchy.

If only Bale had been the one Rachel McAdams' nuzzling up to

Anyway, back to Bale, considering he’s busy shooting for the third Batman movie, I’d imagine this one won’t even begin to shoot until 2012. I’m still bummed out that he dropped out of the still-untitled Terrence Malick romance drama and got replaced by Ben Affleck. Heh, no offence to Affleck but he’s no Christian Bale! And I’ve been longing to see the recent Oscar winner in a romantic role, especially since the last time he’s all lovey dovey was in a Malick film The New World.

Even just reading the description of the movie… ‘a powerful and moving love story‘ makes me want to see it real bad! I hope Bale would get tired of doing all that intensely serious stuff soon and do something that appeals to the more sunny and tender side of him [fingers crossed]

James McAvoy cast in Welcome to the Punch

Last but not least, one of my fave Scots has also been quite a busy bee with Robert Redford-directed The Conspirator out this weekend and of course, my highly-anticipated X-Men: First Class out on June 3. He’s also on high demand. On my HANNA review, I mentioned that he’s being courted by his Atonement director Joe Wright to re-team with Saiorse Ronan in Anna Karenina. Not sure if he has accepted the role or not but apparently he’s signed on to this crime thriller called Welcome to the Punch. The Playlist said the movie is in the vein of Michael Mann’s Heat meets The Last Boy Scout (well I hope it’s more like the first).

Here’s what the article says about the project: “It involves a London detective, Max Lewinsky (the role we imagine is earmarked for McAvoy), whose old nemesis, an armed robber known as Red Diesel, reappears after five years away—but it’s only the tip of a massive conspiracy.

McAvoy doing his best DEXTER pose

The script’s mostly very strong, a gripping cop thriller with a scope and a level of action that’s quite uncommon for the British film industry…” I’ve never heard of the filmmaker Eran Creevy, but he was nominated for a BAFTA for his directorial debut Shifty. Ridley Scott with his Scott Free Production Company is also co-producing this project.

This sounds intriguing and I can see McAvoy in the role, the 31-year old Glasgow native hasn’t made a bad move so far. I’ve seen him in five movies so far and he’s always been excellent in all of them. Just a bit of trivia, McAvoy has technically been in the same movie as Sewell. They both were part of the BBC miniseries ShakespeaRe-Told, a modern retelling of four of the Bard’s stories. Sewell was in the Taming of the Shrew episode (you can see a clip of it here) and McAvoy in the Macbeth one.

Well, what are your thoughts on any of the news listed above? What particular casting news caught your eye this week?