We’ve got a couple of casting stories regarding three very promising projects to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Anton Yelchin has been cast in director Jim Jarmusch’s vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive.
- Alfre Woodard joins the impressive ensemble cast for Twelve Years a Slave.
- Alessandro Nivola has scored a pivotal role in the West Mempis Three film Devil’s Knot opposite Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon.
Hit the jump for more on each actor’s casting.
Star Trek and Like Crazy star Yelchin has landed a role in the stellar ensemble cast of Jim Jarmusch’s (Coffee and Cigarettes) vampire pic Only Lovers Left Alive. The “crypto-vampire love story” also stars Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and John Hurt and is set to start filming this summer. Deadline’s report on Yelchin’s casting makes no mention of the nature of his role. The actor recently wrapped J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel and will next be seen in Odd Thomas.
Additionally, THR reports that Alfre Woodard has joined director Steve McQueen’s (Shame) period drama Twelve Years a Slave. The film stars Chiwitel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt and tells the true story of a free black man (Ejiofor) living in New York in the 19th century who was kidnapped and forced into slavery for twelve years. Woodard will play Mistress Shaw, “a former slave who has risen in the Southern caste system.” The actress joins a ridiculously stacked cast that also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, and Paul Dano.
Finally, Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off, Jurassic Park III) has been set in the crucial role of Terry Hobbs in Atom Egoyan’s drama Devil’s Knot. The drama centers on the conviction of the West Memphis 3 and stars Reese Witherspoon as the mother of one of the victim’s, Pam Hobbs. Deadline reports that Nivola will play Hobbs’ husband, the stepfather of one of the victims and someone who has come under a great deal of suspicion since three young teenagers were falsely convicted of the crime. Colin Firth stars opposite Witherspoon as a private investigator.