Oscar Isaac Joins Nicolas Winding Refn’s DRIVE; Jonathan Rhys-Meyers to Star in BELLE DU SEIGNEUR

     September 3, 2010

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Here are two quick pieces of casting news for your reading pleasure.  First up, Showbiz 411 reports that Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood) has joined the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.  The film centers on a stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) who moonlights as a getaway driver and ends up on the run with a contract on his head and an ex-con’s girlfriend (Carey Mulligan) in his car.  The film also stars Bryan Cranston with Albert Brooks is playing the villain.  No word on what role Isaac will play.  The up-and-coming actor will next be seen in Madonna’s W.E. and Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch.

Hit the jump for news on Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (The Tudors) leading Belle Du Seigneur.

According to Deadline, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers has signed on to star in the romance Belle Du Seigneur and “will play a Jewish diplomat who gets into a passionate affair with a married Swiss woman, played by Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova (Clash of the Titans), on the eve of the Second World War.”  The film is based on the novel by Albert Cohen.  Here’s the book description [via Amazon]:

Set in Geneva in the 1930s, Albert Cohen’s endlessly inventive satire of middle-class manners and ambition revolves around Solal, a man of remarkable gifts and disappointed ideals. As Under-Secretary-General of the League of Nations, he has become disillusioned with a world dominated by personal and national interest. His one hope for redemption is through love, and he embarks on the seduction of the beautiful Ariane, wife of the dull-witted Adrien Deume, who works for Solal.

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