Casting Call: Paul Reubens in THE SMURFS; Ice Cube in RAMPART; Bryce Dallas Howard in THE HELP

     April 27, 2010

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Three quick pieces of casting news for you tonight.  First up, Deadline reports that Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman) has signed on to voice the character of “Jokey” Smurf in the upcoming CG-animated film The Smurfs.  Reubens joins Neil Patrick Harris, George Lopez, Quentin Tarantino, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Jonathan Winters, and Jayma Mays.

Hit the jump for news on Ice Cube joining Oren Moverman’s (The Messenger) police corruption drama Rampart and Bryce Dallas Howard coming on board Tate Taylor’s The Help.

In a surprising move, Ice Cube has signed on to co-star in a movie that could be good.  According to Deadline, Cube would play a homicide detective investigating a dirty cop played by Woody Harrelson.  Rampart, which also stars Ben Foster and comes from a screenplay by James Ellroy, is based on the scandal involving crooked cops in the LAPD in the 1990s.  No word on Foster’s character, but since he’s an amazing actor, I’m sure he’ll knock it out of the park.  It would also be nice to point to a good Ice Cube movie that came out after Three Kings.

Finally, Deadline also reports that Bryce Dallas Howard has joined the cast of DreamWorks’ adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel The Help.  The story revolved around a young journalist (Emma Stone) comes home to write a tell-all of what it is like to be an African-American maid in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi (spoiler alert: it’s not the best job ever).  Howard will play “the antagonistic role of Hilly Holbrook, the beehive hairdo-wearing busybody who is cruel to the black maids and generally rubs everyone the wrong way.”  Oscar-nominee Viola Davis is also starring in the film.

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