We have a bit of casting and anti-casting news for you this morning. First up in anti-casting, Daniel Craig has unexpectedly dropped out of the courtroom drama The Whole Truth slightly a week before filming was set to begin. Although plot details are scarce, Craig was set to play a district attorney and star alongside Renee Zellweger and Gabriel Basso (Super 8). Danny Huston and other actors were in talks to co-star, but according to THR, Craig’s exit has put these negotiations in limbo. The production is now scrambling to find a replacement, and the start date might be pushed back three weeks. Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is set to direct a script by Nicholas Kazan (Fallen). It will be interesting to find out why Craig exited the project so close to the start date.
Hit the jump for news on Charlize Theron possibly joining Sean Penn‘s new film.
According to The Wrap, Theron is in talks to join Penn’s African drama The Last Space. Blue Is the Warmest Color star Adèle Exarchapoulos told Allocine that she has a small role and “the story concerns human encounters within the refugee camps in Sudan, Liberia.” While I’m a fan of Theron, I’m particularly glad that Exarchapoulos will have a part in an English-speaking film that will likely expose her to wider audience. Her performance in Blue Is the Warmest Color is incredible, and I hope we’ll see her in more movies.
As for Theron, we’ll definitely be seeing more of her in 2014 since she’s co-starring in Seth MacFarlane‘s comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West and the thriller Dark Places. She’s also playing the heavy in 2015′s Mad Max: Fury Road. Meanwhile, Penn will be seen alongside Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, and Javier Bardem in the action flick The Gunman.