A bit of casting news to sum up for you today. Here are the particulars:
- Heather Graham played a memorable character in The Hangover but was absent in the follow-up. Todd Phillips’ The Hangover Part III will see her return, alongside Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Ken Jeong.
- Alan Ritchson (Smallville) is set to play a returning tribute in Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
- Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies) will join Catherine Hardwicke’s erotic thriller, Plush, along with Emily Browning and Cam Gigandet.
- Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad) has been cast in director Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic, Noah, which stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
First up, Variety reports that Graham will return as Jade, the Las Vegas stripper who wed Stu (Helms) in the first film. Plot details are few and far between at the moment (other than appearing in Tijuana), but it’s looking like the appearance of Jade is going to put Stu in hot water with his new wife , Lauren (Jamie Chung). The third film will also feature the return of Mike Epps, as well as a few high-profile cameos that have yet to be named.
Ritchson will star in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Gloss, a returning tribute who competes with his sister, Cashmere, in the Quarter Quell. The adaptation to Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel is due out November 22nd of 2013.
THR reports that Olivieri will star as the band manager in Plush. This marks Olivieri as the second female lead in the picture, which stars Browning as a rising rock star who is crushed by the death of her band mate brother. Finding solace in a new guitar player, Enzo (Xavier Samuel) rather than her husband, Browning’s character quickly learns that her new beau is more dangerous than he appears. Olivieri, who was previously reported to be involved with Breacher, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, has dropped out due to increased workload on Showtime’s House of Lies.
Finally, Emmy-nominated Margolis left for Iceland to shoot Noah as soon as he received word that he was cast as Samyaza. The character, according to the ever-resourceful Wikipedia, could be either a fallen angel or even Satan himself. (I wonder if Satan converses only by ringing a bell…) Noah will mark Margolis’ fifth film with Aronofsky, having worked on Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler and Black Swan.