Casting Call: Kevin Durand Joins COSMOPOLIS; Nico Tortorella in Talks for Villain Role in ODD THOMAS

     April 12, 2011

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this evening. First up, Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) has joined the cast of David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. The film stars Robert Pattinson as a newlywed billionaire who loses his his entire fortune (not to mention his blushing new bride) over the course of one really bad day. Variety reports that Durand will play Pattinson’s chief security officer. The cast now includes Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon.

Next up, Scream 4 star Nico Tortorella is in talks to join Stephen Sommers’ (The Mummy) adaptation of Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas as the villain. The story centers on a short-order cook who can commune with the dead. Anton Yelchin is set to play the protagonist, with Willem Dafoe poised to play the local police chief who is in on the cook’s secret. Heat Vision reports that Tortorella would play an officer under Dafoe’s character who is secretly “a member of a Satanic cult bent on destroying the town.” Addison Timlin is poised to play Yelchin’s girlfriend. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.

odd-thomas-book-cover-01Here’s the synopsis for Odd Thomas:

“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out.  Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo’s sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it’s different.

A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.

Today is August 14.

In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere. [Amazon]

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