We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, director Roland Emmerich (2012) continues to impress with his casting choices for his next film, White House Down, as Maggie Gyllenhaal is now considering the project. The story is described as “Die Hard in the White House” and stars Channing Tatum as a secret service agent who must protect the president when a group of parahijackers infiltrate the White House. We learned yesterday that Jamie Foxx is being courted to play the president, and now Deadline reports that Gyllenhaal is in talks to take on the female lead role (which I’m assuming is some sort of White House staffer). Production on White House Down is set to begin this August, with the film racing another similarly plotted pic called White House Taken starring Gerard Butler.
Hit the jump for news concerning the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs.
Additionally, Matthew Modine has joined the cast of the indie Jobs. Ashton Kutcher is playing the titular Apple visionary, and THR reports that Modine is set to play Apple CEO John Sculley. The exec recruited Jobs to lead Apple in 1983, only to turn around and fire Jobs two years later. Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) is directing the pic, which is currently in production. Jobs is also a competing project, as Sony is developing a Steve Jobs biopic of their own with Oscar winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) penning the script. Though both projects are in the works, Jobs is already slated to open later this year whereas Sony doesn’t seem to be rushing their Jobs biopic to open closer to the indie.