Casting Call: Olivia Munn Signs on for MAGIC MIKE; Harry Lloyd Joins CLOSER TO THE MOON

     August 31, 2011

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We have a couple of short casting stories to report.  First up, Deadline reports that Olivia Munn has joined the cast of Steven Sodebergh’s Magic Mike.  Channing Tatum stars in the semi-autobiographical film about his days as a runaway stripper.  Aside from continuing the bizarre trend that Tatum should lead any movie let alone be its inspiration, I remain lukewarm on the cast.  The flick co-stars Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Riley Keough, Gabriel Iglesias, and Cody Horn.  When the best guy in your ensemble is McConaughey, there’s a problem.  As for Munn, I feel about her the same way I feel about most of this cast: indifferent.

Hit the jump for better casting news regarding Closer to the Moon.

Deadline also reports that Harry Lloyd has joined Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong in the drama Closer to the Moon.  The drama centers on a Jewish bank robber in communist Romania who is forced to reenact his crime for the purpose of propaganda before he is executed.  Lloyd will play a cameraman who shoots the re-enactment.  American audiences probably best know Lloyd from his work playing entitled twerp Viserys Targaryen on Game of Thrones.  The role was fairly one-note but Lloyd took advantage of a single scene that added some dimension to his character.  Lloyd also had a small supporting role in Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre (a film that deserves more Oscar buzz than it’s getting), and will next be seen playing a young Denis Thatcher in the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep.

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