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

     May 18, 2011

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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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