We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Catherine Keener is set to join Tom Hanks in the Somali pirate pic Captain Phillips. Hanks stars as real-life ship captain Richard Phillips who allowed himself to be taken hostage by Somali pirates in exchange for the safety of his crew. Variety reports that Keener will play Phillips’ wife Andrea. In the hands of a lesser filmmaker, Phillips’ story could easily turn into a Movie of the Week cheese-fest, but The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director Paul Greengrass is at the helm which makes me very, very happy. Furthermore, the team from The Social Network (Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, and Kevin Spacey) is onboard to produce. Greengrass will direct from a script by Billy Ray (Shattered Glass), based on Phillips’ memoir.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding Sharon Stone in Tony Kaye’s (American History X) thriller Attachment. Captain Phillips opens March 22nd, 2013.
Additionally, Sharon Stone is returning to the sexual thriller genre with Tony Kaye’s Attachment. The film centers on a married woman who has a one night stand with a student, only to be haunted by the indiscretion when the student starts dating her daughter and stalking her family. THR reports that Stone will play the lead in a script by Christopher Denham. Kaye famously butted heads with star Edward Norton on his directorial debut American History X, going so far as to try to have his name removed from the finished film.
Stone is currently filming the biopic Lovelace alongside Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard and she recently wrapped Gods Behaving Badly with Christopher Walken and John Turturro. Production on Attachment is set to begin in April.