Here’s a look at today’s latest casting news:
- Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone will topline Robert Carlyle’s feature directorial debut, The Legend of Barney Thompson.
- Gabourey Sidibe, Ian McShane, David Harewood, and Johnny Vegas join Sacha Baron Cohen in Louis Leterrier’s spy spoof, Grimsby.
- Adam DeVine joins Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in Nancy Meyers’ comedy, The Intern.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
First up from THR is news that Thompson and Winstone will lead The Legend of Barney Thompson, with Carlyle playing the title character, a “Glaswegian barber who stumbles into serial murder. The Canada-UK co-production is currently shooting in and around Glasgow, Scotland, and also stars Brian Pettifer, Tom Courtney, Martin Compston, James Cosmo, Ashley Jensen, Kevin Guthrie and Stephen McCole.
THR also reports that McShane, Sidibe, Harewood, and Vegas have joined Grimsby. While their roles remain undisclosed, the story centers on ”a British black ops spy (Mark Strong) who’s forced to go on the run and team up with his idiotic English football hooligan brother (Baron Cohen).” The comedy was scripted by Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham.
Finally from Deadline comes word that DeVine is the latest addition to The Intern, a Warner Bros.’ comedy about “a seventy-something widower (De Niro) who enters an intern program and is assigned to the founder of a successful fashion website (Hathaway).” DeVine will play the head of the interns. Reese Witherspoon was previously in line to play the website founder, but Hathaway took on the lead this past February. THR also reports that DeVine’s Workaholics co-star Anders Holm will play the romantic lead opposite Hathaway.
DeVine recently reprised his Pitch Perfect role in the Elizabeth Banks-directed sequel, and next stars in Sony’s horror picture Final Girls along with Thomas Middleditch, Nina Dobrev, and Alexander Ludwig. Next, he’ll film the second season of Comedy Central’s Adam DeVine’s House Party before returning to Workaholics for its fifth season.