Here’s a look at the latest casting news for the following films:
- Helena Bonham Carter is in final negotiations to reprise her role of the Red Queen in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass.
- Taraji P. Henson has joined Term Life, Peter Billingsley’s crime drama fronted by Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld.
- Olivia Cooke is in talks to lead Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, adapted by Jesse Andrews from his own novel.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
First up from Variety is the news that Bonham Carter will likely terrorize the James Bobin-directed Alice in Wonderland sequel as the Red Queen. She would join Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as Alice herself. At this time, it’s unknown if Anne Hathaway and Alan Rickman will return as well. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the sequel will release on May 27, 2016.
Variety also reports that Henson is the latest addition to the cast of Term Life. Shea Whigham, Jonathan Banks, Bill Paxton, and William Levy also star. Adapted by A.J. Lieberman, who wrote the original graphic novel with Nick Thornborrow, the story follows “a man (Vaughn) who plans and sells heists to the highest bidder, but when his latest job goes horribly wrong, he finds himself hunted by everyone he knows — mob bosses, contract killers and dirty cops. With no way out, Nick does the only thing he can think of to help his estranged daughter Cate (Steinfeld), taking out a life insurance policy on himself with her as the beneficiary. When he finds out the policy doesn’t take effect for 21 days, Nick is forced to take Cate on the run and keep them both alive while trying to be a father for the very first time.” There are no details as to Henson’s role at this time.
The Wrap reports that Cooke, best known for her work on Bates Motel, is in talks to lead Me & Earl & the Dying Girl. Described as a “coming-of-age tale in the vein of classic John Hughes movies, “Me & Earl” follows a quirky high school student in Pittsburgh who is forced by his mother to befriend a sick girl he once knew when they attended Hebrew school together. Well-liked by every clique in school without actually belonging to any of them, the young man’s commitment to the new friendship changes his life.” Nothing is official yet, but Cooke is negotiating to accept an offer to play the female lead, who battles leukemia in the novel. The male lead has yet to be cast.