Maggie Gyllenhaal to Star in VOICE FROM THE STONE; 50 Cent Joins ODD THOMAS

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As Cannes roles on, more deals are being made, and that means there’s new casting new announce.  First up, Variety reports that Maggie Gyllenhaal will star in the supernatural thriller Voice from the Stone.  Directed by Eric Howell and based off the Italian novel, Le Voce Della Pietra, the story has Gyllenhaal playing “a nurse drawn to the aid of a young boy who is haunted by malevolent forces within the walls of an old house in the Italian countryside. As she develops a relationship with the father of the boy, she also becomes haunted by the same evil presence and must fight to save herself and the boy.”  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Don’t help haunted children.  Gyllenhaal is currently filming the drama Still I Rise with Viola Davis and she’s attached to star in Hysteria opposite Hugh Dancy, and a biopic of musician Bill Monroe.

Hit the jump for awful casting news regarding Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

For a reason I don’t fully understand, 50 Cent continues to be cast in movies.  His latest role is in Stephen Sommers’ adaptation of Dean Koontz’ Odd Thomas.  The film stars Anton Yelchin as a clairvoyant short-order cook who can see ghosts but the ghosts don’t speak to him.  For an adaptation of a Dean Koontz novel, casting was going surprisingly well by landing not only Yelchin, but also Willem Dafoe and Patton Oswalt.  But now we have Fiddy.  According to Variety, the rapper/can’t-act-or will “Shamus Cocobolo, a blind deejay who helps the titular hero uncover a Satanic plot.”  As contrived as that character name is, it’s still better than Mr. Cent’s inevitable performance.

Why does Jackson keep getting cast in movies?  Can anyone point to a good 50 Cent acting performance?  A movie where he blew away audiences with his range and emotional nuance?  Or let’s make it easier: a movie where he annunciated and articulated his dialogue.  Point me to that performance and then tell me why he needs to keep being in movies.  I’ll wait.

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  • SP

    Get Rich or Die Tryin’? Righteous Kill? Does that ring any bells???

  • Ryan

    Yea Righteous Kill does ring a bell..Best part of that performance? When he gets shot and flys through a f**kin window falling to his death. Seriously, the dude can’t act worth a sh*t. There are some decent (not great) rapper/actors out there. LL Cool J, Eminem, Ice Cube and even P. Diddy (see Get Him To The Greek). Fiddy is not one of them and never will. The dude can barely rap let alone act. I think saying his casting is awful is a total understatement. There has to be another word of a higher magnitude to describe just how atrocious his casting in this otherwise interesting project really is.

    • Michael

      Damn! A spoiler! I’ve been wanting to see that movie! :P

      • Ryan

        Oh my fault Michael! Sorry, sorry. There’s plenty of twists left in the film though. It’s def worth checking out. I wouldn’t watch it repeatedly but it was an entertaining once through. Again, my bad on the spoiler man.

  • Elitist Prick

    I mean… I guess I can understand a studio’s desire, in their single-minded ignorance, to cast a rap star to appeal to a “certain demographic,” but why 50 Cent? If all you’re doing is looking to fill seats regardless of acting ability (because 50 certainly isn’t put in movies to make them better), wouldn’t it make more sense to cast someone who’s still selling tons of records? Maybe Lil’ Wayne or Kanye West? Hell, casting Chris Brown would get you all sorts of publicity.

  • Tyler

    I just passed his character in the book, and if he isn`t in it any further, fiddy should be in the movie for all of 2 minutes. Now I`m going to finish the rest of the book hoping that he doesn`t pop up again!

  • Tony

    I was somewhat impressed with fiddy’s performance in Righteous Kill. It comes as no surprise that he was watchable in that though, considering all of the talent he was surrounded by.

  • Justin

    Odd thomas will be released April 5, 2013. I’ve been waiting to see this movie for a long.

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