Rufus Sewell Boards HERCULES, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates May Join TAMMY, Kristen Wiig Reteams with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay for WELCOME TO ME

     March 20, 2013

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Here’s the latest casting news:

  • Rufus Sewell (Dark City) will join Dwayne Johnson (Snitch) in Brett Ratner’s fantasy epic, Hercules.
  • Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) is in talks to star alongside Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) in the raunchy road trip movie, Tammy, along with Kathy Bates (Misery).
  • Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) will reteam with Anchorman 2 filmmakers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay for the indie comedy, Welcome to Me.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. 

rufus sewellFirst up from Deadline comes word that Sewell will star as Autolycus in Hercules.  There are no further details as to how his character will be worked into the plot, but classically Autolycus was the son of Hermes, an accomplished thief (played on TV by Bruce Campbell) gifted with a helm of invisibility and responsible for teaching Hercules how to wrestle.  The legendary hero will be reimagined in an adaptation of Steve Moore’s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.  It finds the title hero renouncing his mythological origins and living in exile, fighting as a mercenary for hire alongside his loyal but weary comrades. He faces his toughest challenge yet when one battle forces him to question everything he once believed and reconsider the truth behind his own legend. Hercules will open July 25, 2014.

THR reports that Sarandon is in talks to join Tammy, the directorial debut of McCarthy and her co-directing husband Ben Falcone.  The duo wrote the screenplay about woman who is fired from her job at Hardee’s, discovers her husband in the midst of an affair and decides to take her alcoholic, foul-mouthed, diabetic grandmother on a road trip.  Sarandon is in talks to play said grandmother after Shirley MacLaine (The Apartment) was previously attached but couldn’t make a deal work.  Bates will star as the grandmother’s lesbian friend who rescues the duo when they get into trouble.

Also from THR is the news that Wiig, Ferrell and McKay will be working on the indie comedy Welcome to Me.  Directed by Shira Piven (Fully Loaded), Wiig is eyeing the starring role in a story written by Eliot Laurence that follows a woman with dissociative personality disorder who wins the lottery and decides to spend her winnings on a cable access talk show about her life.

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