Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Keanu Reeves is set to replace Daniel Craig as the lead in Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama The Whole Truth.
- Luke Evans has reportedly joined the cast of Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel that stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller.
- Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., will play Cube in the NWA picture, Straight Outta Compton.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
Deadline reports that Reeves is now set for The Whole Truth, replacing Craig who dropped out a couple months back. Reeves will play “a defense attorney who fights to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.” Renee Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Gabriel Basso remain on board for Hunt’s follow-up to Frozen River, scripted by Nicholas Kazan. The production is aiming for a post-July 4th start in New Orleans, which has actually tweaked the story somewhat. Originally planned for a Boston shoot, the story now re-imagines Reeves’ lawyer as a Southern one instead of a New Englander.
As a throwaway line in a story at the Daily Mail, they list Evans as among the cast members in High-Rise. The story “takes place in a tower block, which is supposed to be a gleaming new, exciting and exotic home for its affluent residents, but ends up isolating and dividing them into all-out war, with the surface sophistication degenerating to primal savagery.” Hiddleston stars as the young doctor Rober Laing, who becomes seduced by the building’s visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons), and strikes up a relationship with Royal’s aide, Charlotte (Miller). The plot description also lists the character of Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on sparking class warfare into violence, but it’s currently unclear if Evans is playing this role. Production is expected to begin in July and shoot in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Finally from The Wrap comes word that Ice Cube’s son will be portraying him in F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton. Scripted by Jonathan Herman, Cube described the picture as a “dramatic story that encompasses hip-hop, dope-dealing, Reaganomics, AIDS, LAPD, rap feuds, FBI, PMRC, the Parental Advisory stickers on the records… all of it.” Certainly an ambitious plan, so hopefully Jackson Jr. possesses the necessary acting chops to pull this one off. Time will tell, as it doesn’t look like Universal has officially given this one the green light just yet.