Here’s a couple quick pieces of casting news for your enjoyment. First up, Screen Daily reports that Ewan McGregor will play King Edward VIII in Madonna’s W.E. The English monarch abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga will play Simpson while Abbie Cornish will play a contemporary character in a parallel timeline. SD says it’s like Julie & Julia but it sounds more like 2002′s Possession to me.
Next up is a project I find far more interesting. According to Variety, Jennifer Connolley, Greg Kinner, and Marisa Tomei will join Pierce Brosnan, Jim Gaffigan, and Ed Harris in the comedy-thriller Salvation Boulevard. The film is about, “a former Deadhead who finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.” That’s a great cast with a great premise so I hope that director George Ratliff (Joshua) can deliver a great film.