Check out today’s casting news:
- Andy Garcia (The Untouchables) and Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street) have joined Luke Greenfield’s action-comedy Let’s Be Cops.
- Marton Csokas (The Bourne Supremacy) will star opposite Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer, also starring Chloe Grace Moretz.
- Jonny Weston (Chasing Mavericks) and Sofia Black-D’Elia (Skins) are in negotiations to join Michael Bay’s found-footage film, Almanac.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
First up from THR and The Wrap comes casting news for Let’s Be Cops. Damon Wayans Jr and Jake Johnson, who both starred in the New Girl pilot, lead the comedy as “two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms, giving their lives a boost and some fun. However, they run into trouble when they cross a dangerous Russian mobster.” Garcia will play a veteran detective who lands the unenviable distinction of becoming boss of the two wannabes. Riggle, who’s played characters on both sides of the law, will play “a blue-collar cop who becomes a fan of the fake officers and offers to help them secure some high-tech surveillance equipment.” The picture also stars Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy and Keegan Michael Key. Cops is eyeing a summer shoot in Atlanta.
Heat Vision reports that Csokas will star as the antagonist in The Equalizer. The feature adaptation of the 80s TV series stars Washington as ”Robert McCall, a retired intelligence officer who helps the powerless; he is living a quiet life while working at a Home Depot, when one act of kindness toward a prostitute (Moretz) gets him embroiled with the Russian mob.” Csokas will play a vicious fixer for said mob. The film is looking to shoot in Boston this summer. Playing small characters in big genre film, Csokas has previously starred in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He’s already wrapped on the Robert Rodriguez sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – in which he plays Damian Lord – and is currently filming Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, playing Dr. Kafka.
Finally, Heat Vision reports that Weston and Black-D’Elia are in negotiations to star in Bay’s found-footage movie, Almanac. Directed by Dean Israelite and written by first-time writers Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan, the picture is said to have time travel at its core but has its plot details under wraps. It will shoot this summer in Atlanta.