Here are a few casting announcements:
- Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) will star alongside Ryan Reynolds in the psychological thriller Voices, with a script from Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) on board to direct.
- Kate Hudson and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) have joined James Franco in the Henrik Genz (Terribly Happy) helmed film Good People, which will see Genz making his English-language debut.
Hit the jump for more on each of the projects.
While the plot of Voices does sound a bit odd, the cast that’s assembling for it may give the weird premise some hope. Deadline reports that Voices will see Reynolds playing a bathtub factory worker who’s relationship with a woman in accounting takes a turn for the murderous, that is until his “talking” cat and dog lead him on an adventurous journey. While it does seem interesting, the plot still seems a tad vague for accurate judgements quite yet. I’m interested to see how Satrapi handles the direction of this, considering her acclaimed work with Persepolis. Kendrick is certainly a very hot commodity coming off of the success of Pitch Perfect, and is currently filming an adaptation of the musical The Last Five Years. Arterton has yet to make a huge splash stateside, with her last big role being in the “meh” Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, but I’m not sure if this would give her a true leading lady role either.
Again from Deadline, Good People has Franco set to star, and will tell the story of a couple in debt who find a wealth of money in their dead neighbor’s apartment, only to then be in trouble with the thief who originally stole said money. Hudson has been gearing more towards heavier, dramatic roles recently, but the jury is still out for me as to whether or not that’s a smart career move. Sy is definitely poised to have a breakout year coming up, especially with his recent addition to X-Men: Days of Future Past. The plot does sound intriguing, I just hope it doesn’t turn into too much of a thriller/caper and maintains its focus on the more human aspects of the struggle between the couple.