Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) will star in Anton Corbijn’s Life, as James Dean and Magnum photographer Dennis Stock, respectively.
- Drea de Matteo (Sons of Anarchy) will join writer-director Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s Dark Places in a spot recently vacated by Christina Hendricks, who graduated to a lead role.
- Sophie Cookson has landed the female lead in Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service opposite Colin Firth and Taron Egerton.
Hit the jump for more on each casting story.
First up from ScreenDaily comes the news of DeHaan and Pattinson in Life. The Luke Davies (Candy) script follows the friendship between Stock (Pattinson) and Dean (DeHaan) that started when the former was commissioned to photograph the budding young actor. An accomplished photographer himself, Corbijn will likely have some interesting takes on the material. His upcoming feature, A Most Wanted Man, is currently in post-production. DeHaan can next be seen in Kill Your Darlings, Devil’s Knot and Metallica: Through the Never before appearing in next year’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while Pattinson will appear in David Michod’s The Rover and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars.
A press release for the currently-in-production Dark Places adds de Matteo as stripper Krissi Cates. Shooting in Shreveport, Louisiana, the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel also stars Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Corey Stoll and Tye Sheridan. De Matteo will next be seen in writer-director Shana Betz’s drama, Free Ride.
Variety reports that Cookson will star in The Secret Service, as Vaughn has gone with a relative unknown rather than a household name. Written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, the story centers on a veteran Secret Service agent who mentors an upstart trainee. Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine also star.