Here’s today’s casting update:
- Kurt Russell (Death Proof) has been confirmed for James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7, starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Hunted) will join the cast of Will Gluck’s Annie, starring Quvenzhané Wallis in the title role.
- Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) will join Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
First up from Vin Diesel’s Facebook page (via Empire) is news that Russell has indeed joined the cast of Fast & Furious 7. In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words, even if it doesn’t tell us exactly what Russell’s role will be:
Kurt Russell, such an honor to work with…
P.s. One from set…
In more traditional news reporting, Deadline has Akinnuoye-Agbaje joining Annie as “Nash, the tough but lovable bodyguard and driver for Stacks (Jamie Foxx) and a good friend of Annie.” He’ll start shooting tomorrow. Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne also star in the remake slotted for a Christmas Day, 2014 release.
We recently reported that Butler was circling Gods of Egypt, the fantasy adventure picture set amidst the mythology of ancient Egypt. The plot follows Horus (Coster-Waldau) as he sets out for revenge against his uncle for killing his father, Osiris. Butler would play Set, the murderous brother of Osiris and a god of the desert, storms, and foreigners. Heat Vision reports that Rush has closed a deal to “play the sun god Ra, the father of Set and Osiris who is also Set’s ultimate target.” They also mention that “a young human thief in love with a slave” will aid Horus in his quest, so apparently there are some less lofty (yet no less heroic) roles available in this one.