Quasi-Casting Call: Jolie May Star in O. Russell’s THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; Williams May Join HYDE PARK ON THE HUDSON

     June 8, 2011

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We have two stories that are almost casting news, but nothing has been confirmed for either film.  First up, Angelina Jolie hasn’t settled on her next acting project yet.  Her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey is set for December 23rd, she’s attached to star in Cleopatra, and Salt 2 recently got the greenlight.  Now Just Jared reports that Jolie is meeting with director David O. Russell to discuss his adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook.  Mark Wahlberg is already attached to play at Pat Peoples, a former high school history teacher who has just been released from a mental institution and plans on reconciling with his estranged wife.  However, Pat believes he’s only been in the institution for a few months, when actually he’s been inside for several years.  Presumably, Jolie is interested in playing Peoples’ wife.  However, even if she takes the role, it’s unknown where it fall into her schedule.  Cleopatra and Salt 2 are both looking for directors.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding Hyde Park on the Hudson.

Deadline reports that Olivia Williams (Hanna) is the frontrunner to play Eleanor Roosevelt in Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on the Hudson.  The plot centers on King George VI to Hyde Park, the upstate New York home of the Roosevelt family in 1939.  In addition to the high stakes of the looming war, Eleanor discovers her husband FDR (Bill Murray) has been having an affair with his cousin.  After this discovery, no politician ever cheated on his wife again.

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