In between rebooting his own series with Transformers 4 and producing a live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Michael Bay has finally managed to find some time for his passion project, Pain and Gain. John Turturro, a familiar face to the Transformers franchise, is reportedly circling a role. The dark comedy is based on the true story of two Miami bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion scam and a kidnapping gone awry.
Other casting news reports that Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) will join Glenn Howerton (Always Sunny in Philadelphia) for the R-rated CollegeHumor picture, Coffee Town. Production is set to begin next week in Los Angeles. Finally, the most recent addition to the superb Ender’s Game cast is The Grey’s Nonso Anozie. Hit the jump for details on each project.
Latino Review reported on the possibility of Turturro joining Bay’s Pain and Gain. He’s circling the role of Marc Schiller, a Miami businessman who was kidnapped, tortured and left for dead by the aforementioned bodybuilders, but survived and enlisted the help of private eye, Ed Dubois to get even. It looks like Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg will be playing the lead bodybuilding roles, with Ed Harris possibly playing Dubois.
Before she gets down to action in this summer’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation from Paramount, Variety is reporting that Palicki will star in writer Brad Copeland’s (Arrested Development) feature directorial debut, Coffee Town. The workplace comedy follows three thirty-something friends forced to give up their freeloading ways. Palicki will play Becca, a nurse with a coffee addiction and the object of Howerton’s affections. Palicki will also star in the Red Dawn remake along with Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson on November 2nd.
Last but not least, Deadline reports that Anozie will join Ender’s Game as Sergeant Dap, an officer assigned to the battle school. The project, based on Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel, follows young Ender Wiggin (Hugo’s Asa Butterfield) as he attends a military academy in hopes of saving the human race from an invading alien menace. Other recent cast additions include Stevie Ray Dallimore (Joyful Noise) and Andrea Powell (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) as Ender’s father and mother, John and Theresa Wiggin. Ender’s Game also stars Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. The film, from Summit Entertainment, will release on March 15, 2013.Get caught up on all of our previous Ender’s Game coverage here.