Casting Call: Michael Chiklis to Play Villain in PARKER, Walton Goggins Joins LINCOLN, and Elizabeth Banks Signs on to WHAT TO EXPECT

     July 11, 2011

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We have three quick casting stories to report.  First up, Michael Chiklis has left behind playing good guy superheroes on the now-canceled No Ordinary Family and will play the villain in Taylor Hackford’s revenge-thriller Parker starring Jason Statham.  Statham plays the eponymous character, a thief with a strict moral code. The story is based on Donald Westlake’s series of crime novels and Parker is intended to be the start of a new action franchise.  Deadline reports that Jennifer Lopez is still in talks to play the female lead, but I’m just excited to see Chiklis get back into badass Vic Mackey mode (although I wouldn’t classify as Mackey as a straight “villain” as much as a deeply flawed character).

Hit the jump for casting news regarding Chiklis’ The Shield co-star Walton Goggins as well as more casting for the adaptation of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

Goggins, who was robbed of an Emmy three or four times for his amazing portrayal of Shane Vendrell on The Shield, has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.  According to Deadline, Goggins will play “Ohio Congressman Wells A. Hutchins, a progressive Democrat who goes against his party and votes in favor of the Thirteenth Amendment to abolish slavery.”  That’s a nice change of pace for Goggins who usually gets typecast as a redneck racist.  Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the titular President, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, and David Strathairn as Secretary of State William Seward.  Filming is set to begin this fall in Virginia for a late 2012 (read: awards run) release.

Finally, Elizabeth Banks will star alongside Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick and Brooklyn Decker in the “motherhood comedy” What to Expect When You’re ExpectingVariety reports that “Banks will portray a baby-crazy character — the author of a children’s book about breast feeding and owner of The Breast Choice boutique. She’s militant in her beliefs about what makes a good mother until she gets pregnant for the first time.”  The script is supposed be an anthology of short stories along the line of Love Actually, but I expect there’s less finding love at Christmastime and a lot more placenta.  Lionsgate plans to release the film on May 11, 2012.

Banks will next be seen later this summer in the comedy Our Idiot Brother.  She was also cast as Effie Trinket in Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games.

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