Rachel Weisz in Talks to Join THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS; Anna Friel and Oliver Platt Take THE MASTER CLEANSE; Guy Pearce Sought for WAR ON EVERYONE

     July 10, 2014


Here’s a look at the day’s latest casting news:

  • Rachel Weisz is in talks to join Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in Derek Cianfrance’s The Light between Oceans.
  • Anna Friel and Oliver Platt join writer-director Bobby Miller’s feature directorial debut, The Master Cleanse, a fantasy-horror-comedy starring Johnny Galecki and Anjelica Huston.
  • Guy Pearce is being sought by director John Michael McDonagh to play the villain in War on Everyone, which already stars Michael Peña and Garrett Hedlund.
  • Bill Condon’s Sherlock Holmes film Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen in the title role, also features Hattie MorahanPatrick KennedyHiroyuki SanadaRoger AllamPhil DavisFrances de la Tour, and Milo Parker.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

guy-pearce-war-on-everyoneFirst up from The Wrap is news that Weisz is in talks to join The Light between Oceans, an adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel that is set on a remote Australian island just after World War I.  Fassbender and Vikander star as a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a boat washed ashore with a dead man and a two-month-old infant inside. Their decision to raise the child as their own holds devastating consequences.  Weisz is in early discussions to play the mother of that child.

The Wrap also reports that Friel and Platt are onboard The Master Cleanse, described as a mix between David Cronenberg’s brand of body horror and old-school Amblin Entertainment films.  The story centers on Paul (Galecki), who after years of holding onto heartbreak decides to restart his life and joins a spiritual retreat designed to detoxify negative emotions from his body. When Paul and the others discover that the cleanse releases something far greater than everyday toxins and traumatic experiences, things get ugly.  Friel replaces Chloë Sevigny, who had a scheduling conflict, as a fellow participant who warms up to Paul.

In anticipation of McDonagh’s upcoming film Calvary, The Playlist happened upon a bit of news that sees the director talking to Pearce for his next film, War on Everyone.  The film follows two corrupt cops (Peña and Hedlund) who go around blackmailing criminals and stealing from them until they cross someone who might just be more dangerous than they are.  Pearce may just play that villainous role, if McDonagh has his way. Here’s how he describes the villain:

The villain is basically a completely degenerate Lord who takes heroin and sets up robberies, but then he turns out to be a lot darker than we thought and it goes into a very dark area towards the end of the movie. So that would be tonally a trick line to walk.

The film is expected to shoot in Texas or New Mexico.

ian-mckellen-mr-holmesFinally from ScreenDaily comes the full cast of Mr. Holmes.  Just yesterday we brought you the first image of McKellen in the guise of the 93-year-old detective, and today we bring you the rest of the complementary cast and a bit more about the plot.  Based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch CullinMr Holmes was adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher and follows an aged Sherlock Holmes after he returns from a journey to Japan.  While there in search of a plant with restorative properties, he was witness to devastation due to nuclear warfare.  Now, Holmes faces the end of his crime-solving days by tending to his bees at his remote seaside farmhouse, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger.  Haunted by an unsolved cold case that forced his retirement, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late.  While the rest of the cast’s roles haven’t been divulged, Parker (Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails) will play Mrs Munro’s son.

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