Viggo Mortensen Stars in FAR FROM MEN, Peter Dinklage Set for HOP FROG, Carice van Houten Stars in Greta Garbo Biopic and Dylan O’Brien for GLIMMER

     May 20, 2013

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Check out the latest casting news below:

  • Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) will star in his first French-language role in writer-director David Oelhoffen’s Loin des hommes (Far From Men). 
  • Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) will star in Hop Frog, a revenge thriller based on the Edgar Allan Poe story that will be directed by Mark Palansky (Penelope).
  • Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) has landed the lead of Greta Garbo in a biopic for the Swedish screen legend.
  • Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) is reportedly in talks to lead Glimmer, a sci-fi thriller about a group of teens discovering a portal through time and directed by Ringan Ledwidge (Gone).

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Variety reports thatviggo-mortensen Mortensen will star in Far from Men, a film inspired by the short story “The Host,” one of six in French-Algerian philosopher Albert Camus’ book, Exile and the Kingdom.  Mortensen will play a “French teacher in a small Algerian village in 1957 during Algeria’s war of independence from France. He is ordered to take a dissident to the authorities to turn him in but the two men unexpectedly bond.”  Mortensen will continue his exploration of Romance languages after playing a dual role in Ana Piterbarg’s Argentinian  film, Everybody Has a Plan.

Screen Daily has word that Dinklage will star in Hop Frog, a story about “a puppeteer who poses as a court jester to exact revenge on the knights who murdered his uncle and kidnapped the woman he loves.”  Here’s what Dinklage had to say:

“Hop Frog is beautiful and vicious. It has haunted me ever since I read Poe’s original tale of revenge years ago. I can think of no other director than Mark Palansky to bring this new imagining of it vibrantly to life.”

Dinklage, who can be seen on season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones, is currently filming Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Also from Screen Daily comes news that van Houten will not only star as Greta Garbo in the biopic, but will also produce.  The English-language picture, scripted by L.A.-based Swedish screenwriter Soni Jorgensen, will tell the story of “the plump shop assistant in a Stockholm department store who rose to become the brightest star in the MGM firmament, successfully made the transition from silent films to talkies, but then retired in her prime.”  Van Houten commented as follows:

“I was raised with silent films. I have always maintained an endless fascination for that era. Greta Garbo has gotten to me more than any other movie star and never let me go. I am strongly drawn to her story, her art, her loneliness and her beautiful complex structure.”

Finally, Deadline reports that O’Brien is in talks to lead Glimmer.  DreamWorks recently pushed the start of production back until January to hopefully accommodate O’Brien’s schedule.  The picture is expected to co-star Jeremy Allen White (Shameless).  The found-footage time-traveling thriller follows a group of teens “take a camping trip to investigate a series of missing persons and wind up discovering a portal that takes them back in time and traps them in the 1970s. When one of them changes the past, the effects start to snowball with tragic consequences.”

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