Casting Call: Octavia Spencer Joins Diablo Cody’s Directorial Debut, Patricia Clarkson Heads to THE EAST, Michael Raymond-James Gets ONE SHOT

     October 5, 2011

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We’ve got a few more casting stories for you this evening. First up, The Help star Octavia Spencer is in negotiations to join the cast of Diablo Cody’s untitled directorial debut. Penned by Cody, the comedy “follows a sheltered young woman (Julianne Hough) who loses her faith after a plane crash and decides to go to Las Vegas to experience the wild side of life.  On her journey, she meets an unlikely companion (Russell Brand) who inadvertently helps her find her true self.” Showblitz reports that Spencer will play a card dealer at the casino where Brand’s character works. Spencer was celebrated for her more dramatic turn in this summer’s hit drama The Help. She’s also in talks to star in the indie dramedy Smashed. Production on Diablo Cody’s untitled project (previously referred to as Lamb of God) is set to begin next Spring.

Hit the jump for casting news on the indie drama The East and the Tom Cruise thriller One Shot.

patricia-clarkson-imageAdditionally, Patricia Clarkson is the latest addition to the indie thriller The East. Co-written by Brit Marling (who also stars), the film centers on an undercover agent (Marling) whose job is to protect corporations from eco-terrorists and anti-business extremists. When she’s sent to investigate an anarchist organization called “The East”, she falls for their leader played by Alexander Skarsgard. Variety reports that Clarkson will play Marling’s boss in the film. The impressive cast also includes Ellen Page and Toby Kebbell. Zal Batmanglij is directing.

Finally, True Blood star Michael Raymond-James has joined the cast of Christopher McQuarrie’s One Shot. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Lee Child, the thriller stars Tom Cruise as an ex-Army investigator who “gets sucked into the mystery surrounding the arrest of a sniper accused of killing five random people in a shooting.” Yesterday we reported the insane/fantastic news that director Werner Herzog had been cast as the film’s villain, and THR reports that Raymond-James will play a lifelong criminal who’s hired by Herzog’s character. He’s got some experience playing the baddie, as Raymond-James played the murderous Rene Lenier on True Blood’s first season. The cast also includes Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, and David Oyelowo. One Shot opens February 8th, 2013.

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