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?

45 thoughts on “Flix Casting News: Rufus Sewell, Christian Bale & James McAvoy

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  2. PrairieGirl

    You expressed my thoughts perfectly about Rufus’ new role, no doubt he will be superb, no matter how the film turns out. So now, my curiosity has gotten the best of me – according to Amazon, the paperback comes out on April 19. A must-read, if only to check out a leader-of-the-pack vampire named Adam… ;-O

      1. PrairieGirl

        Well, I don’t see how I could possibly go for more than a year waiting to see what his part is like when it’s written down in black and white already 😉 And I guess I should keep up my record, I caved in to all three Zen novels too. Besides, I’m all out of novels right now, so I gotta read something, might as well be ALVH… ;-D

  3. thanks 4 the news Ruth. that vampire movie is bit odd, i think mixing vampire with history is just too weird. I’ll pass on that.

    The news on Bale is the most interesting one. I havent seen his movies in a while…which reminds me I still havent seen the fighter yet 😦

    1. Ha..ha.. yes it is odd but that’s probably why it got made. I’m curious enough to see how they make it… you’d think an element of whimsy has to be employed somehow, can’t be too serious w/ stories like that, ahah.

      I hope you get to see The Fighter soon. I usually don’t like boxing movies but wow, Bale’s so tremendous in it, worth a watch just for the performances.

    1. Yes I did, I found the photos from Google and just made ’em black & white as it looks more dramatic that way. Hope you like ’em 🙂

  4. PrairieGirl

    Oh, for sure I would have loved to see Bale in the Terrence Malick romance drama. Actually, as you say, in ANY romantic role.

    1. I know!! And he looks ever so romantic in that picture isn’t he? People always remember his psychotic parts and I don’t blame ’em but I know he’s capable to do tender dramas if he wants to.

    1. I understand where you’re coming from Dezzy, all of these films are all dark and not heartwarming. That’s why I wish Bale would’ve done the Malick’s romantic drama 😦

  5. Ted S.

    I’m in minority here, I don’t really have any interest in any of these films, well maybe Welcome to the Punch since I love Heat and The Last Boyscout is one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

    1. I haven’t seen Last Boyscout but it’s Bruce Willis in an action movie, yeah I can see how that could be a good guilty pleasure 🙂

      1. Ted S.

        The Last Boyscout was definitely the product of early 90s buddy action comedy, his partner in the movie was Damon Wayans. It has the usual stuff you’d expect from that kind of film, shoot outs, swearing and car chase. If you want to watch it, I have it on Blu-ray.

  6. I’d love to know whatever happens in that nutty skull of Christian Bale’s before he takes a role.

    Don’t get me wrong- he’s GREAT at choosing his roles, which is why I think he’ll have lots of staying power. But he’s so eccentric in a really fun way that it makes you wonder what the thought process is before he says “Ok, I’ll do it”.

    1. The checklist is probably something similar to this:

      – Character turns psycho and starts yelling some point?
      – Must lose at least 30 lbs for role?
      – Flashy role?
      – Not rom-com?

      1. I think he’s sworn off rom-coms which I can understand, but I don’t know why he doesn’t gravitate towards a dramatic role. I mean, if he really is versatile he ought to balance the intense/psychotic/desperate/obsessive characters with more conventional ones, too, right?

  7. Funk

    Timur Bekmambetov’s vampire movies “Night Watch” & “Day Watch” were pretty good takes on that genre, liked how he put a historical twist to it and I was totally immersed in them. Unfortunately they are the only movies I’ve seen that he has done, I think he will do ALVH justice, and with him in the helm, ‘I got to see it now’, plus it’s good news that Sewell is it as well, I wonder what character he will play??

    1. I haven’t seen those actually, so he’s done vampire movies before… well then he should have the experience to do this one. Sewell is set to play Adam which is the lead vampire villain, Prairiegirl told me the character is actually not in the book. The author created the character specifically for the movie, which is quite interesting.

      1. Well, while they are vampire movies(and well done ones) i think Timur is going to have to take a different approach with the Abraham one. Night Watch & Day Watch were far more serious than this

        1. True, I think the key is in the script. But it sounds to me that the author is going to have quite a bit of involvement in the movie, and if the book has humor elements in it then I’m guessing it will be the case with the movie, too.

        2. Funk

          Ya it should be a most interesting take thats for sure, when I heard the title of it when the book first came out I went like what the heck is this, is this blasphemy, I come from Central Illinois and was wondering how the Lincoln folks there would take it, the writer had a book signing gig at the Lincoln Museum late last summer or fall, and my brother said they had a great turn out and everyone was like totally for it, so I guess I’ll have to get the book or audiobook and see what the story is like, it may just blow me away. 🙂

          1. PrairieGirl

            Been reading reviews of the book AL:VH, and quite a few are saying it’s quite humorous, or at least tongue-in-cheek throughout. Let’s hope there’s some comic relief amid the gore. That would be a good explanation for Rufus taking the role if he can do even a little comedy, it’s a genre he loves, and is very good at, btw. (Gone to Seed, Cold Comfort Farm, At Sacham Farm, Taming of the Shrew)

            1. Funk

              Going to download the AL:VH audiobook this weekend (original), but wondering if the one coming out is a re-write for Sewell’s part? Ya he should do quite well with his role.

    2. I absolutely loved Night Watch and Day Watch. I’ve been a fan of Bekmambetov ever since I happened across those movies. Some of the better vampire movies I’ve seen. Though, I’m almost hesitant to call them vampire movies as they’re more like supernatural movies that just happen to have vampire characters (though I don’t remember them ever really doing anything overly vampire-ish). But nonetheless, still great movies I thought.

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  9. Woohoo Great news post Ruth.

    Those boys are rocking the free world hey? Bale for President!! I am quite up the film you mentioned, sound very up my street.

    I agree about Mr Penn, grumpy knickers he is!



  10. After Daywatch and Nightwatch, I’d be interesting in anything Bekmambetov does, but my wife saw Wanted recently and said, apart from the action sequences (which rocked out) it was pretty weak. I’d still be interested though, I like high octane action and he always seems to be pushing the envelope (or blowing it up).

    1. A fan of Nightwatch and Daywatch huh? I loved those movies. Those right there did indeed pretty much guarantee I’d at least give a look at anything Bekmambetov does.

  11. hmm several interesting bits of casting news. The Lincoln film still has yet to catch my interest. But Sewell is a great actor.

    McAvoy is pretty busy, but I heard he is interested in pushing Wanted 2. Thoughts on that film project??

    1. I wasn’t too into it until Sewell was cast either, but now my interest has increased ten-fold 🙂

      Meh, I hope they don’t make Wanted 2. The movie itself was ok for me, great action and McAvoy proved he could tackle an action flick but I’m tired of seeing Angelina in a bad-ass role like she did here.

  12. I didn’t know that Bekmambetov was directing the Vampire Hunter movie. That makes me even more interested in it. I’ve been a fan of his since watching Night Watch and Day Watch. Though, I didn’t find Wanted to be all that great (kinda fun though). But I’ll forgive him for that and figure that was just his way of getting his foot into Hollywood’s door. I think I may definitely have to check this one out though.

    Didn’t know Snyder was behind that movie either. Bale is an absolutely amazing actor, so I’m always curious to see anything he’s up to. The Fighter disappointed me a bit, but Bale was brilliant in there per usual.

    On a side note, Ruth, check out my Versatile Blogger post on my site for a plug for you and an “award” 😉

    1. Yep, Wanted was fun but not great, it’s more of a guilty pleasure for me. I’m always curious what Bale’s up to as well, but his upcoming roles are just so dark… it’d be nice if he mixes in a bit of romance in his projects.

      Hey thanks for the award… very kind of you, good sir!

  13. Cool, didn’t know about Bale in this film. And coming from Snyder, I guess (after Sucker Punch of course) it’s better that his screenwriter is penning it.

    Don’t know why but I’m sold on anything with McAvoy attached:P

    Oh and yes and I have to add to Rich my interest in those headshot banners; they’re quite awesome…simple yet elegant. Nice work:)

  14. I appreciate Affleck’s participation in Malick’s film. Bale hasn’t disappointed with his choice of material yet and I don’t think he will.

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