The forced theme of tonight’s casting report is One Word In The Title Causes Destruction:
- Ewan McGregor is in negotiations to play the villain in Jane Got a Gun, directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior). Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Noah Emmerich co-star.
- Benicio del Toro is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice.
- Michael Bay cast Sophia Myles (Tristan + Isolde) in Transformers 4. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, and Kelsey Grammer co-star.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Jane Got a Gun defines troubled production. Michael Fassbender, Jude Law, Bradley Cooper, and director Lynne Ramsey have all departed the project over the last two months for one reason or another. But it is impressive that the project lured such talent in the first place, and replaced every disappointing loss with another great actor—McGregor continues the streak, should he sign on to play the villain as Deadline reports. Here is the AFM synopsis:
Young and pretty with a soul of pure steel, Jane Hammond (Portman) is a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town. When her husband Bill (Emmerich) turns against his own gang, the vicious Bishop Boys, and returns home barely alive with eight bullets in his back, Jane knows it’s time to ditch the dress for a pair of pants and strap on her own gun. As the relentless leader John Bishop (McGregor) gears up for revenge, Jane’s best hope for her family’s survival rests with her old love Dan Frost (Edgerton) – a gunslinger whose hatred for Bill is only slightly overshadowed by his love for Jane. Together Jane and Dan spring clever traps, luring Bishop’s men to certain death just as their old feelings for each other resurface amidst the flying bullets.
Warner Bros. recently agreed to finance and distribute Inherent Vice. According to The Wrap, Del Toro would play an attorney who helps the protagonist, a pot-smoking private detective played by Phoenix, stay out of legal trouble in 1970 Los Angeles. Here’s the book synopsis:
It’s been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble. Despite which he soon finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists. [Book Browse]
Paramount did not comment on her role, but The Wrap hears Myles will play a scientist in a major supporting role, harkening back to the days of Rachael Taylor as Hot Blonde Scientist in the original Transformers. The most recent synopsis says the sequel centers follows “a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists [who] attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control—all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs.” Transformers 4 opens June 27, 2014.