We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Chris Pratt is in talks to star opposite Vince Vaughn in the comedy remake of Starbuck.
- Mos Def has joined Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in the music-themed drama Can a Song Save Your Life?
- X-Men: First Class star Lucas Till is in talks to lead the werewolf film Wolves.
Hit the jump for more details.
First up, Parks and Recreation standout Chris Pratt is in talks to join Vince Vaughn in the currently untitled remake of the French-Canadian comedy Starbuck. The film centers on a middle-aged man who finds out that he fathered 533 children via sperm donation. His life is turned upside down when a few hundred of the donor babies “express an irrepressible need to meet their father.” Ken Scott, who directed the original, is onboard to helm the remake for DreamWorks. Variety reports that Pratt will play Vaughn’s lawyer, who has kid of his own. Production is set to get underway later this year.
Fresh off a stint on Showtime’s Dexter, Mos Def has joined the cast of the music drama Can a Song Save Your Life?. Directed by Once helmer John Carney, the film centers on a washed-up A&R man (Ruffalo) who forms a passionate bond with a young singer-songwriter (Knightley) from out of town, and they try to help each other change their fortunes for the better. Hailee Steinfeld also stars, and Mos Def will play Ruffalo’s longtime business partner in the recording industry. He’s not the first musician to join the project, as Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green also appear.
Finally, X-Men: First Class star Lucas Till is in talks to lead X-Men screenwriter David Hayter’s directorial debut, Wolves. Per Heat Vision, Till would play a young man who transforms into a werewolf and finds himself the person of interest in the murder of his parents. “He goes on the run, eventually arriving at a small town named Lupine Ridge that has a history of supernatural happenings. There he finds the secrets to his past.” Steve recently interviewed makeup supervisor Dave Elsey, who described Wolves as “very violent and bloody.” He also revealed that the werewolves in this film speak. Producers are eyeing a September start date in Toronto.