Wes Bentley Joins INTERSTELLAR; Newcomer Taron Egerton Boards SECRET SERVICE with Michael Caine and Emma Watson Eyed for Roles

     July 25, 2013


Director Christopher Nolan has completed casting on his next film, the secretive sci-fi pic Interstellar.  The folks over at Heat Vision report that Wes Bentley is the last piece of the casting puzzle, which now includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, and Timothee Chalamet.  As expected, details regarding Bentley’s role are nonexistent, but it is described as “a meaty supporting role.”  The story centers on “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding,” and is based on a script written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan NolanInterstellar opens in theaters on November 7, 2014.

Hit the jump for plenty of casting news for X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn’s next film The Secret Service, including which actresses are being eyed for the female lead and which A-listers have already passed on the villain role.

the-secret-service-comic-book-coverAdditionally, there’s quite a bit of casting news concerning Matthew Vaughn’s graphic novel adaptation The Secret Service to get to.  The story is about a veteran secret agent who takes his ruffian nephew from the streets of London and into a British spy school that molds its students into suave 007-types.  Colin Firth is already onboard as the older lead, and after an exhaustive search, Vaughn has settled on newcomer Taron Egerton for the younger lead.  Egerton has only one credit to date, a TV appearance on Inspector Lewis, but apparently Vaughn was rather impressed with his screen test.

The filmmaker now turns his attention to casting the female lead, and Variety adds that Vaughn has been showing interest in Emma Watson and Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), though it doesn’t sound like any formal negotiations have taken place.  Vaughn also wants to land a high-profile star for the film’s villain, and has already extended offers to Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio.  Both actors subsequently passed, but it definitely looks like Vaughn is aiming high.

Finally, comics creator Mark Millar claims (via /Film) that Michael Caine is set to play the head of the spy organization in The Secret Service, but he also said that “all the cast is done,” which is clearly not true.  As such, don’t hold your breath for Caine to appear just yet.  The actor might also run into a scheduling conflict, as Interstellar begins production soon and The Secret Service starts filming in September ahead of a November 14, 2014 release date.

  • Ben Wigler

    I’ve love-liked all of Nolan’s non-batman films. If this anywhere near Prestige, we are instore for a great flick. If only he had picked McC for Bruce and Bale for this…

  • Lance

    Christopher James Nolan for the win!

    And oh yeah, “Only God Forgives” was unforgivably awful. Blehh. “Pretentious macho nonsense” indeed — NYT nailed it.

    • Strong Enough

      Only god forgives is a masterpiece

  • Tom

    Wow! New Nolan’s movie has really magnificent cast. Prepare for one of the best films of 2014.

    • Rick

      I’d like to see him make one movie that’s agreed upon by the consensus, lol. Every movie he’s made has people who think it’s amazing, and people who think it’s awful(yes, even The Dark Knight).

      He’s the most polarizing filmmaker out there.

      • Bob

        I disagree with that. Sure there’s the random internet haters out there but if you look on IMDB, and Rottentomatoes Nolan’s films are pretty much loved by most. Polarizing filmmakers include Steve McQueen, Spike Lee, etc.

      • Strong Enough

        WHAT? Memento, The Dark Knight< inception. these films are widely praised especially memento you dumbass

      • Rick

        What? Memento and Inception get hate for the writing. Blake Snyder, the author of Save the Cat, which is a staple in every screenwriting course, completely rips apart the writing of Memento. The only movie of his that’s almost universally acclaimed is The Dark Knight, but, like I said, it has some naysayers.

      • Strong Enough

        Save the cat?! are you serious? the same book that dumbs down a writer so he/she can write studio crap like Ride Along? Memento and Inception were nominated for screenplay oscars. who am i going to trust? blake synder or oscars? and of course every film has naysayers. you can say that about ANY FILM. not everyone is going to like everything. Tarnetino is more polarizing than Nolan. hell even Wes Anderson.

      • Rick

        Not saying I agree with it, just saying it’s out there. I do agree with you on Save the Cat, though. I teaches how to write a movie that would sell rather than teaching you how to write a good movie. The only thing from the book that I like is the Beat Sheet.

      • Strong Enough

        yeah but Nolan isn’t that type of filmmaker. he does have universal praised movies. he isn’t the type of director that makes movies either you hate or like and no middle. Refn is more that style

      • altechi

        I say Snyder is one of the most polarizing filmmaker.


    Really looking forward to this movie. Rises was a blight on his overall filmography but everything else Nolan has done is solid, especially Inception.

    • Jordan

      I wouldn’t consider Rises a “blight” on any filmography, even one as impressive as Nolan’s.

      • Bob

        Yea haha, you can say you maybe dislike the film but to say its a bad spot on his resume is denial since it was critically positive by far and box office successful.

  • MacNulty

    Wow! Christopher Nolan is stepping out of his comfort zone. I mean, reusing the cast of Inception for TDKR was almost unbelievably lazy.

    He’s going for a very talented American cast this time round. Seriously, this could be his best film yet. I remain hopeful.

    • Rick

      Still don’t get that complaint. He’s not the only director to reuse casts, lol. Tarantino, Anderson, and Burton say hi.

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