Here’s a bit more casting news today:
- Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) is set to play John Belushi in Steve Conrad’s untitled biopic about the late actor.
- Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) will star in Tommy Wirkola’s indie sci-fi drama, What Happened to Monday?
Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
First up from Variety is news that Hirsch has landed the lead role in the Belushi biopic. We reported that a number of actors were in the mix as recently as last week, and it looks like Hirsch edged the rest out. Adapted from the Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby book, “Belushi,” Conrad will direct from his own script. High points of Belushi’s career will be explored, including roles in The Blues Brothers, Animal House, and Saturday Night Live, up to his death at age 33 from an overdose of a mixture of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The pic will begin filming in New York next spring. Conrad’s next written effort, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will be seen on screens this Christmas. Hirsch next appears in the TV mini-series, Bonnie and Clyde, followed by Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor debuting early next year.
Meanwhile, Heat Vision reports that Rapace will team up with Wirkola for What Happened to Monday? Scripted by Max Botkin (Opposite Day), “Monday will see Rapace play the multiple roles of septuplet sisters who struggle to stay hidden in an overpopulated world were a one-child policy outlaws siblings. The seven must overcome their own differences and avoid government execution in order to solve the disappearance of one of their own.” Dead Snow and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters director Wirkola comments on re-writing the role for Rapace:
“Although the role was originally written for a male, I was struck by the complexities of having an actor portray seven characters and immediately knew Noomi was the ideal actor – male or female – to bring them to life.”