Let’s talk movie casting additions for a change of pace from all of the TV news we posted earlier today. Here are the new announcements in brief:
- Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) will star in The Quiet Ones, a supernatural horror/thriller directed by Quarantine 2’s John Pogue.
- Michelle Monaghan (Source Code) is set to join Owen Wilson in The Coup, a thriller directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine).
- Jesse Williams (Cabin in the Woods) is in talks to join The Butler, the Lee Daniels‘ historical drama about White House staffer, Eugene Allen.
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After starring as the prince in this year’s Snow White and the Huntsman, Claflin can be seen conjuring evil spirits in the Hammer film, The Quiet Ones. Led by Jared Harris (Mad Men), The Quiet Ones centers on the controversial methods applied by a charismatic professor (Harris) to generate negative energy from his students and summon a poltergeist. Claflin will star opposite Harris as Bryan McNeil when the film stars shooting in the UK this June. The Quiet Ones marks the second production for the resurrected Hammer after the Daniel Radcliffe-starrer, The Woman in Black.
Monaghan will join Wilson and Pierce Brosnan in The Coup, “a thriller centered on an American family who moves to Southeast Asia and finds themselves entangled in a violent coup with merciless rebels attacking the city.” The film, compared in tone and theme to Taken, was written by Dowdle and his brother, Drew Dowdle. Monaghan will star as Wilson’s wife, Annie, once production begins this October. Of Monaghan’s involvement, the Dowdle brothers said:
“Michelle is an exceptional actor who always brings a depth of compassion and warmth to her characters. She and Owen Wilson will be the kind of screen couple you just can’t help but root for.”
Finally, Deadline reports that Williams is in negotiations to star in The Butler, which already sports a cast including Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, and Oprah Winfrey set as the three leads with Jane Fonda and John Cusack as Nancy Reagan and President Richard Nixon respectively. Matthew McConaughey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, and Alan Rickman are in talks to join as well. The film tells the life story of Eugene Allen, who began working at the White House in 1952 and served eight First Families.