Joel Kinnaman in Talks to Join Tom Hardy in CHILD 44; Rose Byrne Up for THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU and TOWNIES with Seth Rogen

     March 14, 2013

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Though his AMC series The Killing was just resurrected for a third season, star Joel Kinnaman isn’t leaving features behind anytime soon.  The actor most recently wrapped the starring role in the RoboCop reboot, and now Heat Vision reports that Kinnaman is in negotiations to join Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the thriller Child 44.  The film is based on the book of the same name by Tom Rob Smith and takes place in the 1950s, where it centers on a security officer in the Soviet Union who finds himself demoted and exiled while investigating a string of murders.

Kinnaman is in talks to play Hardy’s “ambitious and murderous nemesis.”  Should the deal go through, Kinnaman would be reuniting with his Snabba Cash director Daniel Espinosa on the project.  Espinosa is coming off the success of last year’s Safe House, and Child 44 boasts Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan as producers.  Filming is hoping to get underway this summer.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning Rose Byrne joining Tina Fey/Jason Bateman and Seth Rogen/Zac Efron in a couple of upcoming projects.

rose-bryne-this-is-where-i-leave-youAdditionally, Australian actress Rose Byrne is lining up a couple of high profile films to shoot this year.  THR reports that Byrne is in talks to join both This Is Where I Leave You and Townies.  Director Shawn Levy’s (Date Night) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You tells the story of a dysfunctional family that is forced to reunite when their father requests they sit Shivah for seven days following his death.  Jason Bateman and Tina Fey are set as the film’s leads, with an ensemble cast that includes Jane Fonda, Kathryn Hahn, Corey Stoll, and possibly Adam Driver.  Byrne would be filling the role of the film’s romantic lead as an old crush of Bateman’s character.

Additionally, Byrne is also in talks to take on the female lead role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller’s comedy Townies.  Seth Rogen stars as a regular guy who lives near an alpha male frat boy (Zac Efron) whose behavior wreaks havoc on Rogen’s home life.  Byrne would play Rogen’s wife in the film, re-teaming with Stoller after having starred in the director’s 2010 comedy Get Him to the Greek.  Producers are hoping to start filming Townies this spring, while This Is Where I Leave You starts shooting this June in New York.  Byrne has been doing tremendous work in both comedy and drama over the past few years (she shined in 2010’s Bridesmaids as well), so it’s nice to see her nabbing such high quality roles.

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