Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Christopher Walken is set to join director Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang, which stars Bateman and Nicole Kidman.
- Adam DeVine will return to reprise his role in Elizabeth Banks’ directorial debut Pitch Perfect 2, alongside returning cast members Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow.
- Oona Chaplin and Britt Robertson have joined The Longest Ride, the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation that will be directed by George Tillman and stars Scott Eastwood.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
First up from ScreenDaily is news that Walken will join The Family Fang as the patriarch, Caleb Fang (now just picture Walken’s face with that name). Adapted from the David Lindsay-Abaire novel by Kevin Wilson, the film follows a pair of siblings from a family of performance artists who find that their parents have suddenly gone missing. The follow-up film to Bateman’s Bad Words is set to start production this July. See what Bateman had to say about The Family Fang here.
Pitch Perfect took a lot of folks by surprise in a rather pleasant way, but it’s no surprise that a sequel is about to get under way. Deadline reports that DeVine will return as rival singer “Bumper Allen, leader of the all-male campus singing champions, The Treblemakers.” The film has a May 15, 2015 due date and is scheduled to begin filming this month.
Finally, from Deadline and The Wrap comes a pair of casting additions to The Longest Ride. Robertson, who fans may know best from CBS’ series Under the Dome, stars in the lead role of “Sophia Danko, the college student who falls for a young cowboy [Eastwood's Luke Collins] while elsewhere a 91-year-old man [Ira] trapped in a crashed car reflects on the love of his life in Sparks’ dual-romance saga.” (I’m still waiting on whether or not Eastwood’s father will play the older man, because why not.) Chaplin also joins the film as a younger version of Ira’s wife, “Ruth, who survived WWII and collected paintings with Ira.” The film is slated to start production June 16th in North Carolina and is expected to grace screens in April of next year.