We’ve got some new casting news for you:
- Ophelia Lovibond (No Strings Attached) has just joined the upcoming Marvel superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy alongside cast members Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista.
- Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Hayley Atwell (Captain America) joined director Paul Andrew Williams’s (Song for Marion) Close Enough, the upcoming romantic war drama about lovers in France during the height of the Spanish Civil War.
- James Caviezel (Person of Interest) and Michael Chiklis (The Shield) have just signed onto Sony Pictures’s inspirational high school football film When the Game Stands Tall, and they will star alongside Laura Dern and Alexander Ludwig.
Hit the jump for more information on each new casting bit.
It appears that Lovibond has snagged a supporting role in writer/director James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, a sci-fi space thriller. [Editor's note: An earlier write-up from the source mentioned that Lovibond would be playing an aide to the Marvel character known as The Collector.] Pratt, Parks and Recreation’s winsome, slapstick character Andy Dwyer, has landed the lead role of the Star Lord. As a huge fan of Pratt’s comedy work, I am eager to see the actor make a name for himself in a new genre. According to Heat Vision, as the Star Lord, Pratt will lead a group that includes Zoe Saldana as a green-skinned assassin named Gamora and WWE star Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. For more information on Gunn’s ideas for the film, take a look at some of our previous articles. The film is slated to begin production in June, and the release date is August 1st 2014.
Speaking of Marvel films, hot off the success of Captain America and The Avengers, actors Atwell and Hiddleston look to star in Close Enough. Per Screen Daily, the film is set in the 1930s, where Hiddleston will play venerated war photographer Robert Capa and Atwell will play Gerda Toro, the first famous female war photographer. Sim van Veen and Laurens Geels will produce Close Enough, and Williams has already made several comments regarding his excitement about Hiddleston and Atwell’s acting chemistry. Principle photography is set for June 2013, while the film’s release date is still TBA.
Caviezel and Chiklis have officially joined director Thomas Carter’s (Coach Carter) upcoming high school football drama. Scott Marshall Knight has written the screenplay based on Neil Hayes’ bestselling novel of the same name. With David Zelon (Soul Surfer) producing, this looks to be an inspirational, faith-based drama. I have enjoyed Caviezel’s big television break with Person of Interest. Consequently, I am excited to see what Caviezel does in this film, where according to The Wrap, he and Chiklis will star as Bob Ladouceur and Terry Eldson, the talented coaches who led De La Salle High School’s football team to unparalleled national record-breaking success by inspiring them to stand for something greater than winning. The film is slated for release in fall 2014.