We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this morning. First up, the most-excellent Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and the always-reliable John C. Reilly have been set to star in the zombie comedy Life After Beth. Per a report in The Guardian (via The Playlist), Jeff Baena (I Heart Huckabees) will write and direct. Though plot details on the original script are hard to come by at the moment, Plaza describes it as “a really fucked-up movie.”
Plaza has been killing it in smaller comedic roles over the past few years, not to mention her fantastic work on NBC’s stellar comedy Parks and Recreation, but she proved her talent in the drama realm as well with this year’s Sundance hit Safety Not Guaranteed. The pairing of Plaza and Reilly sounds like a great match, and production on Life After Beth is reportedly set to start this spring. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the crime drama Memorial Day.
Additionally, Deadline reports that Oscar Isaac (Drive) and Max Minghella (The Social Network) are attached to play brothers in the 1980s-set crime drama Memorial Day. Written and directed by Kiernan Darcy-Smith, the film centers on Hispanic brothers “who struggle to redress the fallout from a family tragedy.” Isaac recently landed the co-lead in The Departed scribe William Monahan’s upcoming directorial project Mojave opposite Jason Clarke, and Minghella recently wrapped the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship. The plan is to start production on Memorial Day in Florida sometime next year.