Judy Greer Joins Musical Drama GEEZER; William H. Macy and Joan Allen Go for ROOM; Alexander Payne Wants Alec Baldwin for DOWNSIZING

     November 11, 2014

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We’ve got three new casting reports well worth sharing.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • Judy Greer, Fred Armisen and Selma Blair are all joining Billie Joe Armstrong in the musical drama Geezer.
  • William H. Macy, Joan Allen and Jacob Tremblay have joined Room starring Brie Larson.
  • Alexander Payne wants Alec Baldwin to join Matt Damon in Downsizing.

Hit the jump for more on all three films.

fred-armisen-geezerThe Geezer news comes from Variety with the outlet reporting that director Lee Kirk has begun filming in New York City.  Tim Perell of Process Media and Alex A. Ginzburg and Tony Lee of Let It Play are producing the project about a husband and father who’s going through a mid-life crisis.  On his 40th birthday he decides to tap into his punk-rock past by throwing an epic party in the presidential suite at the Drake Hotel.  While there, he runs into his ex-girlfriend and former band mates, all of whom have been off doing bigger and better things since they parted ways.  Here’s what Kirk had to say about the project:

“The initial seeds for ‘Geezer’ were planted a couple of years ago, when my son was born within weeks of my fortieth birthday.  Billie Joe Armstrong brings an exciting authenticity to the film.  He’s a dad, he’s a musician and he’s an incredible talent.”

Armstrong will write and perform new songs for Geezer.

THR’s got the report on Room.  It’s based on the Emma Donoghue novel, which is told from five-year-old Jack’s perspective.  He and his mother are living in a small room.  He dubs it home, but his mother knows it’s a prison where she’s been held captive for seven years.  She managed to create a life of sorts for her son in the space, but between his budding curiosity and her growing desperation, she knows that won’t last much longer.

Larson is set to portray the mother with Tremblay (The Smurfs 2) stepping in as her son.  There’s no word on who Macy and Allen are portraying, but we know that they’re in along with Sean Bridges, Tom McCamus and Megan Park.  Room is going into production at Pinewood Studios and on location in Toronto with Frank’s Lenny Abrahamson behind the lens.

Lastly, we’ve got The Omaha World-Herald (via The Playlist) reporting that Payne “has hopes” to cast Baldwin in his next film, DownsizingDamon is expected to star in the social satire as a guy who “realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself,” although nothing is confirmed just yet.  During a conversation between Payne and David O. Russell at the Holland Center, Payne admitted that he and Damon shook hands but a contract hasn’t been signed.  On top of that, at this point, Payne’s only got “hopes” for Baldwin to join and he doesn’t even know where he’d shoot the film if the cast does come together.  However, Payne did note that the film might be ready for a late 2016 release.

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