Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction) will join Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys adaptation as mobster Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo.
- Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) is in talks to join the all-action cast of The Expendables 3, directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill). Other newcomers include Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz.
- Jessica Alba (Sin City) will board Joe Carnahan’s action-comedy, Stretch.
- Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) has signed on for writer-director Cameron Crowe’s new project, a rumored reimagining of his Deep Tiki script.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
First up from Deadline is news that The Walken will play DeCarlo, “a Jersey mobster who, in the show, served an unofficial consigliere role to the young singers as they tried to build their careers without falling into the grip of organized crime.” Scripted by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, production begins this September in Los Angeles. Walken is the first big name added to Eastwood’s cast as the director has decided to draw the title talent from the stage casts.
The Wrap reports that Lutz is in early talks for The Expendables 3. The plot will introduce younger, more tech-oriented action heroes that initially clash against the older veteran crew. Also, from Sylvester “Sly” Stallone himself:
Ronda Rousey will show championship form in Expendables 3! So will multi champion Victor Ortiz!
The film will start shooting next month with a target release date of August 15, 2014.
Deadline also has Alba banking a supporting role in Stretch, which stars Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Ed Helms and Brooklyn Decker. The story centers on a limo driver (Wilson) who picks up a billionaire (Pine) with a penchant for making strange requests that get darker as the night rolls on. Stretch is slated to open March 21, 2014.
Finally from The Wrap, McBride will star opposite Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams in Crowe’s untitled picture. The story supposedly centers on a defense contractor supervisor (Cooper) assigned to Hawaii to oversee the launch of a weapon satellite. Together with his Air Force liaison – a pretty, ambitious pilot (Stone) – they decide to take down the satellite, after being convinced by mystical island forces and a talking computer. McBride’s role is being kept under wraps.