Some end-of-the-week casting notes for your enjoyment. Here they are in brief:
- Kristopher Higgins (In Time) is in talks to join The Sweet Hereafter-director Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, a drama about the West Memphis Three.
- Brooke Smith (The Silence of the Lambs), Alexie Gilmore (Surfer, Dude) and Lucas Hedges (Moonrise Kingdom) are set to join Up in the Air-director Jason Reitman’s Labor Day adaptation.
- Sonya Walger (Lost) has been added to the cast of the academic comedy, Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Deadline reports that Higgins is in talks to play Jessie Misskelley, one of three Memphis teens accused of killing three 8-year-old boys in 1993. Despite a lack of physical evidence linking them to the crime, Misskelley, Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin were only set free just last year. The script, written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman (both of The Exorcism of Emily Rose), is currently undergoing a revision by Boardman and Egoyan. The film, starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, is an adaptation of investigative reporter Mara Leveritt’s 2003 book, Devil’s Knot: The True Story Of The West Memphis Three.
From Variety comes a trio of cast additions for writer/director Reitman’s Labor Day, an adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel by the same name. Labor Day stars Kate Winslet as a depressed single mom of a teenage son who provides shelter for escaped convict, Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin) over Labor Day weekend. The new additions round out the cast of the film, which has already started principal photography.
Finally, from Deadline comes word that Walger will join Admission as Helen, a professor at the film’s setting of Princeton. The Paul Weitz-directed film also stars Michael Sheen.