Casting Call: Schoenaerts to Co-Star in SUITE FRANCAISE; Marisa Tomei Joins Hugh Grant Comedy; Mendelsohn to Reteam with Gosling on MONSTER

     November 23, 2012

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If you’ve managed to break away from your Black Friday shopping, we’ve got some brief casting stories for you this morning.  First up, rising star Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) has joined Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas in the period drama Suite Francaise.  Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess), the adaptation of the Irene Nemirovsky‘s novel “set in German-occupied France, about a German officer billeted at the home of a young woman (Williams) and her mother-in-law (Scott Thomas).”  According to the Daily Mail, Schoenaerts will play the German officer.  If you’ve seen Bullhead, you know it’s great to see Schoenaerts’ career take off.  He can currently be seen starring opposite Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard‘s acclaimed latest feature, Rust and Bone.

Hit the jump for Marisa Tomei and Ben Mendelsohn casting news.

marisa-tomeiAccording to The Wrap, Marisa Tomei will co-star in the upcoming untitled Hugh Grant comedy.  As we previously reported, Grant is playing a broke, washed-up Oscar-winning screenwriter who is forced to teach at a small East Coast college.  While he expects to win the favor of his attractive co-ed pupils, he ends up falling for a single mom who has gone back to school.  Tomei will play the single mom.  It’s nice to see Tomei land a leading role after being set in a supporting role, which has been most of her career.  She’ll next be seen in the family comedy Parental Guidance with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler.

Finally, Ben Mendelsohn is set to reteam with his Place Beyond the Pines co-star Ryan Gosling for How to Catch a Monster.  However, Gosling will be behind the camera this time.  The movie will reportedly be “somewhat of a dark fairytale, tells of a mother (Christina Hendricks) and her two sons, one of whom discovers a secret underwater town. With mother in tow, young Bones enters the dark, macabre place he’s stumbled upon.”  Moviehole currently has no word on who Mendelsohn will play.  He will be seen in theaters next Friday in the crime drama Killing Them Softly.

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