We have a couple minor casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Dougray Scott and Kara Tointon will lead Omid Nooshin’s low-budget thriller Last Passenger. Per THR, the film tells “the story of a doctor who finds himself on a runaway commuter train.” A runaway train is serious business and at the very least that doctor is going to be seriously inconvenienced. The film is part of Pinewood Shepperton’s investment fund for low-budgeted movies. With a budget slightly above £1.2 million ($2.5 million), Last Passenger will be co-financed by Future Film and the BFI Film Fund. According to THR, “Pinewood Shepperton is aiming to back four films a year from first-timers, with a combined budget of around $13 million.” Their first film is the Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell “psycho-comedy” A Fantastic Fear of Everything starring Simon Pegg.
Hit the jump for casting news on the next film from Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo).
THR reports that Clancy Brown (Cowboys & Aliens) has joined Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Heather Graham, and Kim Dickins on Ramin Bahrani’s untitled project. The story, formerly titled Heartland, “centers on a farmer and salesman (Quaid), who tries to deal with his racecar-driving son who refuses to follow in his footsteps.” Brown will play a rival farmer, but there’s no word on who Graham or Dickins will play (I’m assuming Efron will play the racecar-driving son).
So why report on a character actor like Brown? Because he’s a damn fine character actor and this will help you to stop saying, “Hey, it’s that guy from Shawshank Redemption,” every time you see him on screen. You’re welcome.