We have a few casting stories for you today. First up, Michael Bay’s Benghazi drama 13 Hours has added Pacific Rim’s Max Martini to the cast. As we previously reported:
The focus is on six members of a security team that valiantly fought to defend the many Americans stationed there. They only partially succeeded: Stevens and a foreign service worker were killed in one attack, and two contract workers were killed during a second assault on a CIA station nearby.
So far, John Krasinski is the only other actor attached to the film, but Woody Harrelson, J.K. Simmons, Walton Goggins, and Shea Whigham have read for roles. According to Variety, Martini will play a member of the six-man team.
Remember when Michael Bay tried to make Titanic and called it Pearl Harbor? Yeah, this sound like that except this time he’s trying to do Zero Dark Thirty. I’m sure the action scenes will be superb, but nothing in Bay’s filmography remotely says he has the maturity to handle this real-life drama with anything resembling maturity. On the positive side, at least it’s not Transformers 5.
Moving on, Kristen Bell will co-star with Melissa McCarthy, Peter Dinklage, and Kathy Bates in Ben Falcone’s new comedy, Michelle Darnell. McCarthy plays “a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.”
According to THR, Bell will play Darnell’s former assistant, “a mousy single mother who is trying to start a cupcake business.”
Finally, Kellan Lutz is set to star alongside Bruce Willis in the action film Extraction. According to Empire, Willis plays a retired Secret Service who is kidnapped by terrorists, and so his CIA-agent son (Lutz) disobeys his orders and goes to rescue his pa. The CIA then dispatches a field operative (Gina Carano) to track down and apprehend the AWOL agent. I’m not sure yet if this is yet another direct-to-DVD Willis flick, but with Lutz and Carano as the leads and Willis in the supporting role, I’m not betting on a wide theatrical release.