Casting Call: John Cho and Clark Duke Join IDENTITY THIEF, Ralph Macchio Heads to HITCHCOCK, and Josh Charles Boards BIRD PEOPLE

     April 17, 2012


We’ve got a few casting stories to share with you this evening.  Briefly:

  • Identity ThiefJohn Cho and Clark Duke join the comedy toplined by Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.
  • HitchcockRalph Macchio is set in a real-life role in the story of the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
  • Bird PeopleJosh Charles is set to star in the English and French-language drama with supernatural elements.

Hit the jump for more on each project and who the aforementioned actors will play.

john-cho-identity-thiefPer THR, John Cho and Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) have joined the promising comedy Identity Thief.  Jason Bateman stars as a man whose identity has been stolen by an unstable woman (Melissa McCarthy).  Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is onboard to helm, and Amanda Peet also stars.

Cho is set to play a rising investment exec who is trying to entice Bateman’s character to join him in starting his own firm, and Duke will play “an Eagle Scout who, along with his buddies, is on a secret revenge mission to find the man who bilked him.”  Gordon had already nabbed two stellar leads, and it looks as if he’s filling out his supporting cast with some fun comedic actors.  Cho is currently shooting the Star Trek sequel.

Though production is already underway on Hitchcock (formerly titled Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho), director Sacha Gervasi continues to fill out his star-studded cast.  Anthony Hopkins is onboard to play the legendary director in this love story between Hitchcock and his wife (Helen Mirren) set during the production of Psycho, and now Deadline reports that  Ralph Macchio will play Psycho screenwriter Joe Stefano.  He joins a killer cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kurtwood Smith, Wallace Langham, Richard Portnow, and Michael Wincott.

Finally, The Good Wife star Josh Charles has boarded the relationship drama Bird PeoplePascale Ferran (Lady Chatterley) will direct and Anais Demoustier is set to costar.  Deadline reports that Charles will play “an American arriving at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport who checks into a local hotel, turns off his cell and laptop and starts a new life.”  Details are scarce, but apparently a supernatural element will be involved and filming is set to begin soon in Paris.

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