John Leguizamo Joins KICK-ASS 2 and THE COUNSELOR; Demian Bichir Co-Stars in THE HEAT; Nicole Holofcener Casts Christopher Smith

     July 30, 2012

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Get out your fishing rod because it’s time for some casting:

  • John Leguizamo signed up for Kick-Ass 2 and will star opposite Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz in Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor.
  • Demian Bichir will join Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock in The Heat, directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids).
  • Christopher Smith will star with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini in the latest film from writer/director Nicole Holofcener (Please Give).
Hit the jump for details on each project.

the counselor john leguizamo kick ass 2Leguizamo will play the bodyguard assigned to protect Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in Kick-Ass 2.  Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz will reprise their roles as Kick-Ass and Hit Girl, respectively.  Nicolas Cage may return for a cameo.  Red Mist will be one villain in the sequel, and he may be joined by another bodyguard that goes by the name Mother Russia.  Writer/director Jeff Wadlow starts shooting in the fall.

Cormac McCarthy‘s script for The Counselor centers on an attorney (Fassbender) who teams with Reiner (Bardem) to sell $20 million worth of cocaine.  Leguizamo will play a low-level drug dealer.  We got our first look at Pitt on set (in a cowboy hat!) earlier today.  The Scott-directed film should hit theaters in 2013.

Katie Dippold‘s script for The Heat unites an uptight FBI agent (Bullock) and a tough Boston cop (McCarthy): “They must team up to take down a drug lord but first have to overcome their mutual distrust and learn to work together.”  According to Deadline, Bichir will play a fellow FBI agent.  Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo also star.  Bichir is a super charismatic guy, and his recent Best Actor Oscar nomination for A Better Life ought to open up many doors.  I am eager to see how Feig plans to use the actor.

Holofcener’s untitled feature cast Louis-Dreyfus as a masseuse who falls in love with new friend’s husband (Gandolfini).  Variety says Smith, star of Paranormal Activity 3, will play a young man whom the masseuse meets prior to the love affair.  The Fox Searchlight production is scheduled to begin filming in the next few weeks.

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