Mia Wasikowska to Star in TRACKS, Minka Kelly Joins THE BUTLER

     May 23, 2012


Two bits of casting news today for some lovely leading ladies (although only one of the roles is actually a lead).  Here are the headlines:

  • Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) is set to join Tracks for director John Curran (The Painted Veil).  The Australian-set picture is based on Robyn Davidson’s trek across the heart of the island continent.
  • Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) will join Precious director Lee Daniels‘ historical drama, The Butler, based on the life of Eugene Allen, who served on the White House staff from 1952 to 1986.

Hit the jump for more.

Variety reportsmia-wasikowska-tracks that Wasikowska is set to play Davidson, a young woman who traveled almost 1,700 miles across the desert of Australia.  Davidson made the trek with four of her camels, becoming known internationally as, “The Camel Lady.” Also accompanying Davidson were her faithful dog and Rick Smolan, a National Geographic photographer, who will be cast in the coming months.  Based on Davidson’s memoir of the same name, Tracks will be produced by Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, both of The King’s Speech.  Tracks is scheduled to shoot this fall in Australia.

The Playlist reports that Kelly has joined The Butler as Jacqueline Kennedy, starring opposite Matthew McConaughey’s John F. Kennedy. Daniels, who is currently at Cannes to debut The Paperboy, also revealed that he would be reuniting with Nicole Kidman on The Butler, as well.  Another recent addition to the historical drama includes Lenny Kravitz in an unspecified role.  The cast is shaping up to be something else, with Forest Whitaker toplining as Allen, John Cusack portraying Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan with Jane Fonda as Nancy ReaganCuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard are also on board, though their roles remain undisclosed.


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