We have several bits of casting news to bring your way tonight. First up, Scoot McNairy (upcoming Cogan’s Trade) has joined the cast of director/star Ben Affleck’s Argo. In addition to Affleck, McNairy will also appear alongside Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin in the Warner Bros. pic that is based upon a 2007 article from Wired magazine. Chris Terrio adapted the Joshuah Bearman piece entitled “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” which tells the rescue story of six U.S. diplomats in 1979. Variety scooped the news of McNairy’s casting, but doesn’t divulge any details regrading his character. The film is currently eyeing a 2012 release.
Next up, High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu is taking his talents from an educational setting to a medical one. The actor has signed on to star alongside Paz De La Huerta and 30 Rock‘s Katrina Bowden in Lionsgate’s horror flick Nurse 3D. According to Variety, Bleu will take on the role of Bowden’s boyfriend (poor guy), who gets caught up in (a.k.a. most likely murdered) the violent outbursts of De La Huerta’s character, Abby. In case you want to learn a little more about the film, this NSFW concept art should pretty much tell you all you need to know. Nurse 3D is also aiming for an unspecified 2012 release. To read about the approximately one thousand names joining Nick Frost in Ice Age: Continental Drift, hit the jump.
We have a few bits of casting news for you tonight. First up, it looks as if Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) will make a guest appearance on the upcoming sketch comedy series Portlandia. Set in, you guessed it, Portland, the series starring SNL‘s Fred Armisen and rocker Carrie Brownstein is set to debut on IFC in early 2011. TheWrap reports that, in addition to Buscemi, other cameos for the series will include the likes of Selma Blair, Jason Sudeikis, and director Gus Van Sant. As for Buscemi, he knows a thing or two about popping-in someone else’s show as he was nominated for an Emmy in 2008 for his guest appearance on 30 Rock.
To read about Gabourey Sidibe and Michael Pena’s latest gigs, hit the jump.
We have a few bits of casting news for you this morning. First up, veteran actor Philip Baker Hall (Magnolia) has joined Mark Waters’ (Mean Girls) family comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Hall joins Jim Carrey who will star in the title role as a man who inherits six penguins which eventually help teach him valuable life lessons. Both Carla Gugino and Ophelia Lovibond were recently cast in the film as Mr. Popper’s wife and personal assistant respectively. As for Hall, per TheWrap, he will play Franklin, “a deep-pocketed, no-nonsense investor who agrees to finance the Carrey’s wacky schemes.” Penguins is currently in production in New York. Hall plays alongside Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst in the upcoming film All Good Things. In spite of his prevalent acting career, he’ll always be “Bookman” the Library cop from Seinfeld to me.
Hit the jump to read about Sanaa Lathan’s (Love & Basketball) new role in Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion.
With production on David Fincher’s highly anticipated adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo set to begin this fall, casting is starting to fall into place. Stellan Skarsgård was revealed to be in talks to play Martin Vanger earlier today — now Deadline reports that Robin Wright (State of Play) is in negotiations for the role of Erika Berger, a magazine publisher and romantic interest of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig). It stands to reason that we will soon have an answer as to which young actress will land the plum lead role of Lisbeth Salander — last we checked, Rooney Mara (The Social Network), Sarah Snook (Sleeping Beauty), Sophie Lowe (Blame), and Lea Seydoux (Robin Hood) were the four to beat, though the shortlist has been in a constant state of flux.
Hit the jump for casting details on a pair of indie dramas: From the Rough and Detachment.
Contagion didn’t really need anything more to intrigue. Director Stephen Soderbergh is re-teaming with The Informant! scribe Scott Z. Burns, with a cast that includes Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, and Jude Law for his first 3D movie, about a viral outbreak. That’s already, like, seventy-eight degrees of awesome. But according to Variety, Warner Bros. has added another degree by signing Laurence Fishburne to co-star. [Update–The Playlist reported on Fisburne in Contation back in February and in March reported that he was playing “Dr. Ellis Cheever, the head of the Center for Disease Control.” This one is shaping up to be excellent when it premieres on October 21, 2011.
Hit the jump for casting details on Gillian Anderson in sequel Johnny English Reborn, and Hina Abdullah in 30 Minutes or Less.
A quartet of TV casting news is coming your way, beginning with a report that Amy Madigan — who recently appeared on Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order — has been cast in a pivotal role on Fringe. According to EW, the actress will play Olivia Dunham’s mother in at least four episodes beginning with the third season premiere this fall. When the role was being cast, Olivia’s mother was described as lovely and completely devoted to her daughter. The real question is whether she and Olivia will meet in the real world or in the crazy alternate universe.
Hit the jump for more casting additions to Weeds, Law & Order: SVU and SyFy’s action-adventure pilot Alphas.
Virginia Madsen has signed on to play mother to Amanda Seyfried in Red Riding Hood, a “gothic horror reimagining” of the fairy tale. This is director Catherine Hardwicke’s follow-up to the first entry in The Twilight Saga. She’s working with a script from Orphan scribe David Leslie Johnson, which (per Variety) is “set in a village haunted by a werewolf.” Madsen and Seyfried will be joined by Lukas Haas, Shiloh Fernandez, Julie Christie, and Gary Oldman on screen when March 11, 2011.
Hit the jump for casting details for the Showtime Laura Linney comedy The Big C and the wedding rom-com Jumping the Broom.
Elisabeth Röhm (Heroes) joins the impressive likes of Sigourney Weaver and Maria Bello in the circle of female supporting players that surrounds star Taylor Lautner in Abduction. The thriller follows Lautner as he “goes on the run after discovering that his parents aren’t his own when he sees his baby picture on a missing persons website.” Röhm will play Lautner’s biological mother; according to Risky Business, the role was previously earmarked for Emily Mortimer. John Singleton (Four Brothers) will direct from a script by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow) and greenhorne Shawn Christensen.
Hit the jump for details on the indie drama Five Minarets in New York.
Cary Fukanaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre and Michael Winterbottom’s The Promised Land loaded up their casts today with some very talented actors. First up, THR reports that Jamie Bell (Defiance), Judi Dench (Nine), Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Wells) are all in negotiations to join Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Hunger) in the adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
Here’s The Hollywood Reporter’s rundown of the story and casting: The Gothic tale follows young governess Jane Eyre (Wasikowska), who falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester (Fassbender), but discovers he harbors a dark secret. Bell will play St. John, a clergyman who turns out to be Eyre’s cousin. Dench will play Mrs. Fairfax, the housekeeper of Thornfield Manor, who disapproves of Eyre’s engagement with Rochester. Hawkins is Mrs. Reed, Eyre’s aunt, who adopts her but abuses and neglects her until death.
Hit the jump to learn about the casting and plot for Michael Winterbottom’s (24 Hour Party People) next film, The Promised Land.
We have three pieces of casting news for you today in one handy article. Variety reports that Paul Dano has signed on to co-star with Jon Heder in the upcoming indie drama For Ellen. Written and directed by So Young Kim (In Between Days), the film “centers on a struggling indie rocker who, after nearly wrecking his car during an overnight long-distance drive, arrives in a small Midwestern town to deal with his impending divorce.” Dano will next be seen starring along side Kevin Kline in The Extra Man, which will debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Hit the jump to learn about Gerard Butler in Machine Gun Preacher and Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek in Wild Roses, Tender Roses.