Here’s today’s casting news:
- Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) and Kevin Kline (Dave) are set to star in My Old Lady, directorial debut of playwright and screenwriter Israel Horovitz.
- Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is in talks to join Chris Hemsworth in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea.
- Lance Reddick (Fringe) has been cast in his first comedic lead for debut director Scot Armstrong’s Search Party.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Variety reports that Smith and Kline are set to star in My Old Lady, an adaptation of Horovitz’s play. The Paris-based drama, also starring Jane Birkin and Dominique Pinon, centers on Mathias (Kline), “a down-and-out New Yorker, who travels to Paris to liquidate a huge, valuable apartment he has inherited from his estranged father. In Paris, Mathias discovers a refined old lady Mathilde (Smith), living in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Birkin). Mathias discovers that Mathilde and his father were lovers for more than 50 years.” Principal photography will begin September 9th in Paris.
Deadline has Walker in talks to star in In the Heart of the Sea, Howard’s adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick novel about the whale attack on the whaleship Essex which became the basis for Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Walker would play “George Pollard, the arrogant [and] privileged son of a whaling family who attempts to use his family name as an advantage to gain captaincy, and who butts heads with shipmate Chase (Hemsworth), who knows the job and the sea much better. Pollard’s rep is ruined because of a mishap with another ship and he is relegated to night watchmen duty for the rest of his life.” The script, written by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond), recounts the true tale of the Nantucket whaling ship which was stalked and ultimately destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. Stranded thousands of miles from home, The crew struggled to survive as they were lost at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.
Finally, from The Wrap, it looks like Reddick will book his first comedic lead in Search Party. Also starring TJ Miller, Adam Pally, Thomas Middleditch, Shannon Woodward and Alison Brie, the story follows “two roommates who go to dangerous lengths to save their friend who is stranded in Mexico without clothes. Reddick will play one of the three friends’ bosses whose patience wears thin over the course of their adventure.”