Casting Call: Peña and Swardson in Talks for 30 MINUTES OR LESS; Dunst Goes ON THE ROAD; Heigl in THE AGE OF ADELINE

     May 13, 2010

We have three pieces of casting news for you tonight.  First up, Michael Peña (Observe and Report) and Nick Swardson (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan) are in talks to join Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride in 30 Minutes or Less, the next film from director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).  Per THR, the film “revolves around a junior high history teacher (Ansari) and a pizza-delivery man who are forced to rob a bank when one of them is strapped to a bomb vest. (McBride is one of the men looking to score some cash.)”  This is pretty funny because this actually happened to a guy…except the bomb was around his collar and it exploded before it could be defused and he died.  I imagine the movie will probably be somewhat different.  Anyway…Peña will play an assassin while Swardson will play a friend of McBride’s character.

Hit the jump for news on Kirsten Dunst joining On the Road and Katherine Heigl signing on to star in The Age of Adeline.

Kirsten Dunst has joined Walter Salles’ adaptation of the revered Jack Kerouac book On the Road.  Dunst will co-star alongside Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley (Control), and Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy).  Variety doesn’t mention what role Dunst is playing and since I’m a troglodyte who has never read Kerouac’s novel, I won’t venture a guess.  Filming is set to begin in August after three decades of producer Francis Ford Coppola trying to adapt the book into a movie.

Katherine Heigl has been signing on to film projects left and right now that she doesn’t have to deal with that pesky TV show that launched her career and won her an Emmy.  THR reports that the actress will star in the “epic love story” The Age of Adeline, which is about “a young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, who is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality.”  Heigl has two films coming out this year: the awful-looking action-comedy Killers with Ashton Kutcher, and the comedy Life as We Know It co-starring Josh Duhamel.  She also has her own potential franchise by signing on to star in One for the Money, based on the first book in the Janet Evanovich’s “number” books starring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.

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