Eva Mendes Joins HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER; Jane Levy Lands IN A DARK PLACE; THE ROVER and SON OF A GUN Fill Out Their Cast

     February 5, 2013

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Check out the latest casting news for the following pictures:

  • Eva Mendes (Sin City) joins How to Catch a Monster, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling that stars Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn.
  • Jane Levy (Evil Dead) will join the horror thriller In a Dark Place, directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day).
  • The Rover begins production and rounds out their cast with Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom), Gillian Jones (Oscar and Lucinda), Anthony Hayes (Burning Man) and David Field (Chopper).
  • Son of a Gun also adds new cast members by way of Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Jacek Koman (The Great Gatsby) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent).

Hit the jump for more on each picture and casting announcement.

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Bloody Disgusting reports that Mendes will join How to Catch a Monster along with Rob Zabrecky.  Set against the surreal backdrop of a vanishing town, a single mother of two is swept up into a dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a hidden road into an underwater city.  Mendes will play Cat, a prominent figure in the Big Bad Wolf Club while Zabrecky stars as a cab driver.  How to Catch a Monster will begin shooting in May.

From Heat Vision comes word of Levy’s role in In a Dark Place, the horror thriller that centers on a young woman who moves to England and becomes a governess of an eccentric family’s porcelain doll.  When the family, who treats the doll as their son, leaves on a holiday, the woman begins to suspect the doll of being haunted.  Gold Circle will fully fund the production; the company’s previous effort was the musical comedy Pitch Perfect.  Levy will next be seen in the lead of the Evil Dead remake, opening April 5th.

From David Michôd, the writer and director of Animal Kingdom, comes The Rover, which began production one week ago for a seven-week shoot in South Australia.  Here’s the synopsis:

The film is set in the Australian desert, in a dangerous and damaged near future. Eric (Pearce) has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him when a gang of desperate criminals steals his last possession.  Eric sets off on a ruthless mission to track them down, forced along the way to enlist the help of Rey (Pattinson), the naïve and injured junior member of the gang  who was left behind in the chaos of the gang’s most recent robbery.

Finally, Deadline reports that writer/director Julius Avery’s Son of a Gun, starring Ewan McGregor, has further rounded out its cast.  Thwaites will play the protégé of sorts to McGregor’s protagonist, who happens to be Australia’s public enemy number one, in a plot that centers on the complex relationship between the two.

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