We have a couple of quick casting stories to report today. First up, the great Richard Jenkins will re-team with his Step Brothers co-star Adam Scott in Stuart Zicherman‘ A.C.O.D. (Adult Children Of Divorce). Ben Karlin (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) wrote the script, which centers on a guy (Scott) who has been caught in his parents’ ugly divorce of the past twenty years, and matters become even worse when his brother gets engaged. Then the details of the feud are revealed in a definitive new book on children of divorce. According to Deadline, Jenkins will play the father, “whose uncompromising lifestyle and vehement distaste for his ex-wife threatens to destroy the wedding.” I can see the relation seeing as both Jenkins and Scott are both hilarious scene-stealers. If this is the kind of talent that the movie is attracting, I can’t wait to find out who they cast as the mother and brother. Filming begins in March.
Hit the jump for casting news on By Virtue Fall, the directorial debut of Up in the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner.
Last summer we reported that Eric Bana and Colin Farrell were in talks to co-star in By Virtue Fall, the directorial debut of Up in the Air screenwriter Sheldon Turner. Farrell eventually dropped off the project but Bana has signed on and according to 24 Frames, he’ll be joined by James Spader, Ryan Phillippe, and Carla Gugino. The story concerns “two ATF agents who find themselves on opposite sides of the friendship divide after one sells out the other.”
Bana tells 24 Frames that he hopes to make By Virtue Fall his next project after finishing the thriller Blackbird with Olivia Wilde. He’ll be seen in theaters this week alongside Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan in Joe Wright’s Hanna.
Eric Bana and Colin Farrell are reportedly circling Up in the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner’s directorial debut, By Virtue Fall. Deadline reports that both actors “sparked to Turner’s script” which “charts a professional and personal relationship between two characters that evolves from friendship to betrayal and retribution.” However, Deadline also notes that the indie is “no slamdunk” and that both actors want more money for the gig, but Bana is further along in negotiations than Farrell.
Farrell is currently signed on to the remake of Fright Night, the dark comedy Horrible Bosses, and David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. Bana recently wrapped shooting on Joe Wright’s dramatic-thriller Hanna co-starring Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan.
After racking up numerous awards with Jason Reitman (the bearded gent in the photo above) for their screenplay for Up in the Air, Sheldon Turner is now set to make his directorial debut with By Virtue Fall, which he also wrote. According to Variety, the story “revolves around a man who is framed by his mentor and winds up in prison. Once released, he’s fixated on getting revenge on his former partner, who has flourished in his new life and tried to cleanse himself of the past.” Here’s an idea if you’re planning to frame someone in order to send them to prison: make sure they don’t get out of prison. People who are framed don’t learn to turn the other cheek in prison. At least not in that sense of the phrase.
Speaking of making By Virtue Fall the first film he’ll direct, Turner said, “[Directing] is something that I’ve long held in high regard. I approach it cautiously and reverently. This script was the first I’ve written that made me feel like I had no choice but to embark on my directing career.” The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chariter will finance and produce the thriller.