Jason Clarke Signs On for Stephen Gaghan’s CANDY STORE; John C. Reilly to Appear in ANCHORMAN 2?

     February 27, 2013

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We’ve got a couple of interesting casting stories to share this evening.  First up, it appears that a frequent collaborator of director Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell’s may be making an appearance in the upcoming sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues.  Production on that film begins in Atlanta next week, and Bleeding Cool has a copy of a casting call sent to Atlanta agencies asking for people who look like John C. Reilly and have the same build as the actor.  It appears they’re attempting to nab a stand-in for Reilly, which means he’s most likely making at least a brief appearance in the follow-up.

If the first film’s bounty of familiar faces is any indication, I imagine this won’t be the last cameo appearance we hear about for Anchorman 2.  Hopefully they manage to keep at least a couple of them secret.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning Syriana writer/director Stephen Gaghan’s long-awaited follow-up film, Candy Store.

jason-clarke-candy-storeAdditionally, it appears that Jason Clarke is the first actor to officially sign on for Stephen Gaghan’s (Traffic) crime thriller Candy Store.  Clarke recently landed the lead in Fox’s sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and now it looks like he’s also set to appear in Candy Store. The pic has attracted some high caliber talent including Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Bradley Cooper, and we previously learned that Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington were in early talks to possibly star in the pic.

Most recently it was reported that Christoph Waltz was wanted to star in the pic, and now Clarke has revealed that he will be a part of the cast.  So far, Clarke is the only confirmed actor for the project, but I expect we’ll hear more soon as he told MTV that he will shoot the pic this year:

“Then I’m doing a film with Gaghan after that, Stephen Gaghan. It’s called Candy Store,” Clarke said. “I can’t tell you what it’s about.”

But we can!  The story for Candy Store follows an elite, highly trained deep-cover operative who loses everything, ultimately disappearing into Brooklyn, where he must start again. He washes up as a beat cop, only to discover the global organization he was dedicated to fighting is also operating in his new backyard.  Here’s hoping we hear more firm casting news soon.  Watch the video interview with Clarke below.

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