Casting Call: Brit Marling and Nick Nolte THE COMPANY YOU KEEP; Matt Dillon to Co-Star in IMOGENE
by Matt Goldberg Posted: August 9th, 2011We have a couple quick casting stories to report this morning. First up, rising star Brit Marling (Another Earth) has chosen between Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep and the Tom Cruise action flick One Shot and cast her lot with the former. Variety reports that Marling will co-star with Redford and Shia LaBeouf in the flick which centers on a former Weather Underground militant (Redford) who goes on the run when his identity is revealed by an ambitious reporter (LaBeouf). Nick Nolte will also star in the flick but there’s no word on what role he or Marling will play. Marling is also committed to reunite with her Sound of My Voice director Zal Batmanglij for the thriller The East.
In other casting news, Matt Dillon will join Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Imogene. Wiig plays a playwright who fakes suicide in order to win back her ex but ends up in the custody of her Jersey Shore-esque mother (Bening). Deadline reports that Dillon will play Bening’s love interest and “he claims to be in the CIA, but his behavior suggests he just might be crazy.”
Matt Dillon Will Get Crazy With Kristen Wiig And Annette Bening In Imogenepublished: 2011-08-09 11:44:33 Author: Katey Rich
Maybe it's something about the dark eyes or the heavy brow or the serious roles he played as a younger actor, but Matt Dillon is really, genuinely funny. Yes, a lot of his comedic roles have been in movies that are complete garbage, like You, Me and Dupree and Old Dogs, but think back to the late 90s, when he had the one-two punch of In & Out and There's Something About Mary to prove he could hold his own against serious comedic talents. If the secret to making a good comedy with Matt Dillon is surrounding him with a strong cast, it's hard to ask for much better than what he'll have in Imogene, the comedy that will serve as Kristen Wiig's follow-up to her hugely, hugely successful Bridesmaids.
According to Deadline Dillon will join Wiig and Annette Bening in the cast, playing the "eccentric love interest" of Bening's character, a guy who says he's in the CIA but might just be insane. Bening isn't much better, a gambling addict now living with her daughter (Wiig), a woman who faked a suicide attempt after losing her job, getting dumped & evicted all at the same time. The completely loony sounding movie, which also includes Glee's Darren Criss as Wiig's younger love interest, will be directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the team behind American Splendor and, less successfully, The Extra Man and The Nanny Diaries. They've got an ace in the hole with Wiig, though, who is positively on fire thanks to Bridesmaids and who seems to be recruiting the best and the brightest to get silly with her in this.
Production on Imogene started in New York this week, so maybe if we're lucky this offbeat comedy will be finished in time to find a home at the festival that makes offbeat comedies into critical hits: Sundance. I know an unhinged Matt Dillon would fit in pretty perfectly in my "running around through snowbanks" Sundance schedule.
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Keanu Reeves Wants to Direct And Star In Man Of Tai Chipublished: 2011-08-10 05:47:51 Author: Will LeBlanc
Keanu Reeves gets a bad rap. It’s really easy to typecast him as a boring surfer dude with no emotion, but the fact of the matter is that in the right roles Reeves has shined, like in Point Break, Bill & Ted, and in the Matrix films. Sure he signs on for roles that just plain aren’t for him sometimes, but when he shows up for the right job, Reeves always pulls out an enjoyable performance.
Still, there's always time to make a change, and now in his 40s Reeves is looking forward to making his directorial debut with Man of Tai Chi, a movie he wrote and will also star in, according to The Wrap. We don't know much beyond the fact that he’ll star as the film’s villain, but it will be a martial arts film with stacks of action so high you can’t see the tops of them. Looking to revisit all of his training from The Matrix, where he learned nearly 200 martial arts move for the film, Reeves recently wrapped up 47 Ronin where he stars as a samurai looking for vengeance after his master’s murder, and will be following that up with Man of Tai Chi as long as he can line up the funding.
He is currently in negotiations with Village Roadshow and China Film Group, with whom he will hopefully get financing nailed down so they can get going with this soon as possible. No projected start date has been announced.
See Reeve’s in 47 Ronin next November and see whether or not the 46-year-old still has what it takes to be a kung fu master. ........ http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Keanu-Reeves-Wants-to-Direct-And-Star-In-Man-Of-Tai-Chi-26134.html
Andy Dick Added To Adaptation Of Elmore Leonard's Freaky Deakypublished: 2011-08-09 11:17:28 Author: Sean O'Connell
When last we read about Andy Dick, the comedian was ordered by a West Virginia judge to stand trial on felony sex abuse charges stemming from an altercation in a nightclub that took place last year. Today's news is significantly better for the outlandish NewsRadio star.
Dick has been cast alongside Crispin Glover, Christian Slater, Billy Burke and Michael Jai White in Freaky Deaky, director Charles Matthau’s adaptation of an Elmore Leonard book. Variety, which broke the news, doesn’t elaborate on Dick’s role in the comedy, which follows a bunch of ex-hippies as they try to blackmail a Hollywood producer.
But the casting of Dick falls in line with the offbeat casting choices that have been well documented for this still-in-development film. For starters, William H. Macy, Matt Dillon, Craig Robinson and Brendan Fraser previously were on the line for the lead roles in the film, only to be replaced by the likes of Glover and Slater. It’s not necessarily a lateral casting move, though it admittedly made
Now the potential of Dick sharing scenes with equally unhinged actors like Glover and Slater makes Deaky damn near close to a must-see film. Leonard’s films have been converted into some entertaining films in the past, from Get Shorty and Out of Sight to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. Quite often it’s up to the director to get the most out of the novelist’s twisty, colorful brand of noir. We don’t know enough about Matthau yet--the actor-turned-director has only a few minor credits to his name. But his cast is shaping up to be bizarre in the best way. Let’s hope they help let Freaky Deaky live up to its tantalizing title. .......