Here is your latest casting information:
- Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) is in final negotiations to play the female lead opposite Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger, based on a true story of the suicide of a reporter investigating the CIA.
- Terence Stamp (Wanted) has joined Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, based on the lives of painters Margaret and Walter Keane, played by Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.
- Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) and Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens) will play two members of the historic Boston Bruins hockey team in writer-director Doug Atchison’s Turk.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
First up from Deadline is the news that DeWitt is about to board Kill the Messenger for Michael Cuesta (Homeland) who directs from a Peter Landesman (Trade) script. The thriller’s story centers on “Gary Webb (Renner), a San Jose Mercury News reporter who committed suicide after being the target of a smear campaign when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California.” Quite the timely piece, considering recent events concerning Edward Snowden and the mystery surrounding the death of Michael Hastings.
Deadline also reports that Stamp is the latest addition to Burton’s Big Eyes. He’ll play “John Canaday, the elitist and exasperated senior art critic for the New York Times.” The film also stars Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman.
The Wrap writes that Marshall-Green and Russell will play Derek Sanderson and Bobby Orr respectively in Turk, a story that centers on Sanderson, “a talented but troubled member of the Stanley Cup-winning Bruins in the early 1970s. His career was derailed by drugs and alcohol, and the film will chronicle his downward spiral and how superstar teammate Orr helped him get his life back together.” Ed Burns is also attached to produce and will co-star as Sanderson’s father, who introduced his son to the game of hockey. Russell played ice hockey on both the collegiate and pro levels while Marshall-Green is currently training in order to keep up with him.