Casting Call: Haley Joel Osment to Take SEX ED; Brian Cox in RISE OF THE APES; Helena Mattsson and Chris Kattan Join GUNS, GIRLS, AND GAMBLING

     July 12, 2010

We have three bits of casting news to bring to you tonight. First up, former child star Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) has agreed to join the coming-of-age tale Sex Ed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Osment, who hasn’t appeared in a film since 2007’s Home of the Giants, will play “a college graduate who dreams of teaching high school Algebra, but due to budget restraints ends up teaching sexual education, despite being a virgin. He discovers an unlikely mentor in a blues bar, a ruthless enemy in the local PTA, and a gorgeous Polish girl for whom English is a distant second language.” It seems like only yesterday that Osment was curled up with a blanket talking to a dead Bruce Willis about other dead people. Now, he’s teaching sexual education. They grow up so fast.

For more news on Brian Cox (Trick ‘r Treat) signing onto Rise of the Apes and Swedish beauty Helena Mattsson (Surrogates) taking on Guns, Girls, and Gambling, hit the jump.

TheWrap is reporting that Emmy-winner Brian Cox is in final negotiations to join Rupert Wyatt’s Planet of the Apes sequel, Rise of the Apes. Cox would play “the villainous owner of a primate sanctuary who runs the facility without compassion for the animals that live there.” Slated to open June 24th, 2011, the prequel is set in present day San Francisco and stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, and Andy Serkis.

Finally, Heat Vision reports that both Helena Mattsson and SNL-alum Chris Kattan will appear in Michael Winnick’s crime-thriller Girls, Guns, and Gambling. Mattsson will portray a “statuesque, educated, ice cold and lethal hit-woman” (that sounds about right) while Chris Kattan has joined the film as a Gay Elvis impersonator (also sounds about right). The film, which started filming in Utah last week, also stars Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, Dane Cook, and Megan Park. The film is currently slated for a 2011 release.

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