Here is a bit of end-of-the-week casting news for you at a glance:
- John Goodman (The Big Lebowski) and Eric Andre (The Invention of Lying) have joined the cast of director Shawn Levy’s The Internship. The comedy reunites Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two out of work salesmen who reinvent themselves by taking an internship at a tech company.
- Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express) has joined the stellar cast of director Ridley Scott’s The Counselor. Following the tale of a lawyer who takes to drug trafficking to score some extra cash, The Counselor also stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Dean Norris.
Hit the jump for more casting details.
Big Beach has culled an eclectic cast to play immortals in the adaptation of Marie Phillips’ Gods Behaving Badly: Christopher Walken (Zeus), John Turturro (Hades), Sharon Stone (Aphrodite), Edie Falco (Artemis), Phylicia Rashad (Demeter), Nelsan Ellis (Dionysus), Gideon Glick (Eros), Henry Zebrowski (Hermes), Rosie Perez (Persephone). Movieline passes along the official synopsis:
The film tells the story of the Greek Gods, alive and well and living in a brownstone in New York City, as they cross paths with a young couple, Kate and Neil. The intersection of the Gods and the mortals threatens not only the couple’s budding relationship, but the future of everything else.
Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach will play the young couple. Admittedly, this cast would be more impressive in a year that begins 199_. Regardless, this sounds like a fun project. Production begins this month in New York on Gods Behaving Badly, the directorial debut of Big Beach co-founder Marc Turtletaub.
We have a few bits of casting news to bring your way this evening. First up, Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole and the upcoming Footloose remake) has signed on to star in Relativity Media’s R-rated comedy 21 and Over. A couple of weeks ago, we reported that the up-and-coming actor was in talks to star in the film which will act as the directoral debut of The Hangover scribes Scott Moore and Jon Lucas. At that time, it was believed that Teller would play one of two childhood friends who get their straight-laced buddy trashed on his 21st birthday, a night that just so happens to be the day before his all important medical school interview. While the studio’s release doesn’t make specific mention, I suppose it could be safe to assume that Teller will in fact take on that role.
Next, Rosie Perez (White Men Can’t Jump) and Lance Reddick (Fringe) have signed on to director Daniel Barnz’s (Beastly) drama Still I Rise. The pair will join a cast that already includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter, Viola Davis, and Oscar Isaac. As for their respective roles, Variety reports that Perez will play a former teacher who now heads up a school board whereas Reddick will make a turn as Davis’ husband who also happens to be a teacher. Set in Pittsburgh, Still I Rise tells the story of two mothers (Gyllenhaal and Davis) who join forces to transform an inner-city public school. The film is currently eyeing a 2012 release.
With Sundance and Slamdance starting next week in Utah, we’re about to get bombarded with a ton of images, trailers and reviews for tons of movies you’ve never heard of. If you’ve been reading Collider for the past few years, you know I usually cover Sundance alone. However, Matt Goldberg will be traveling with me to the Festival, so this year should be the best in terms of our coverage. He’s going to be writing most of the reviews, and I’ll be conducting all the interviews.
Anyway, one of the many films playing at Slamdance is director Alexandre Rockwell’s Pete Small is Dead. While the film hadn’t been on my radar, after seeing an image of Steve Buscemi with that blond wig and watching the crazy trailer, I’m definitely curious. Also, with a cast featuring Peter Dinklage, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Roth, Michael Lerner, Seymour Cassel, Theresa Wayman, and Rosie Perez, how can I not want to see it. For the synopsis and trailer, hit the jump:
In the interim, Spike Lee has directed at least two great-to-masterpiece-level films. Malcolm X is maybe his strongest achievement as it does feel like an accurate summation of a great man’s life, while Inside Man is a masterful genre piece that’s smarter and hipper than most. A great taking of the mantle from Sidney Lumet, if there ever was one. But when it comes to Spike, it’s hard not to suggest his greatest achievement was made twenty years ago with Do the Right Thing. My full review is after the jump: