Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) will star in the action picture Aurora Rising, which follows a test pilot storyline based on a screenplay by Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart).
- Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) has joined the mobster biopic Gotti for director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger).
- Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) joins Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, funded partially from crowd-sourced money via Kickstarter.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Getting a much-needed boost before heading to Cannes to shop for foreign buyers, the John Gotti, Sr. biopic Gotti has landed director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger). When last we reported on the status of this picture, it was stuck in neutral, citing a lack of funding. Relativity Media now has the U.S. distribution rights to the mobster picture that stars John Travolta in the title role. The movie is based on a story by Gotti’s son, John A. Gotti, with an original screenplay by Leo Rossi and revisions by Lem Dobbs. Johnston plans to start shooting (as it were) in New York on September 9th. Hit the jump for more.
We have no official confirmation from producers, but right now it looks like the infamous Gotti family biopic may be sleeping with the fishes. Showbiz411 is reporting that all work on Gotti: In The Shadow of My Father, which began pre-production in New York last month, has been halted due to a lack of funding. It’s unclear how much ‘work’ was actually completed on the controversial mob movie, but without a way for producer Marc Fiore to pay the film’s big name principals, word is that director Barry Levinson may not be able to hit his January start date. Gotti: In The Shadow of My Father was set to star John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Ben Foster, Al Pacino and Lindsay Lohan. Hit the jump in case you need a refresher on any of the drama.
We’ve got a few casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Variety reports that Clifton Collins Jr. is the latest actor to join Guillermo del Toro’s next directorial effort Pacific Rim. The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Max Martini, and Rob Kazinisky and the director has promised that the pic will feature “the finest fucking monsters ever committed to screen,” so there’s that. Willem Dafoe is also in talks to join the future-set epic, which is scheduled for release on July 12, 2013.
Additionally, the fantastic Chazz Palminteri has joined the cast of the somewhat troubled biopic Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father. Barry Levinson is set to direct the flick which centers on the relationship between John Gotti, Jr. and his mob boss father. Palminteri will play Mafia boss Paul Castellano alongside an ensemble that includes Al Pacino, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and Ben Foster. Production begins on location in New York on January 3rd. Hit the jump for the casting news of Lucy Punch and two others in the romantic comedy The Wedding Video.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Ben Foster has joined the ever-changing production of Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father. The Wrap reports that Foster is set to play John Gotti Jr. The project has been through some rather public ups and downs, with Joe Pesci most recently suing the producers because he claims he gained weight for a role that was eventually cut. Barry Levinson is directing, and last we heard he was retooling the script. The cast includes Al Pacino, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, with filming set to begin in January in New York.
Additionally, newcomer Ryan Guzman and So You Think You Can Dance contestant Kathryn McCormick are set to star in the fourth installment of Step Up, which bears the undeniably genius tentative title Step Up 4Ever 3D. Scott Speer is directing the Miami-set movie from a script by Jenny May. The story centers on people who dance-fight in Miami. In 3D.
John Travolta could soon be making a turn as one of America’s most recognizable criminals. The actor is said to be in serious talks with producer Marc Fiore to make a turn as mob boss John Gotti, Sr. in Fiore Films’ Gotti. When asked about the potential casting, Fiore told EW’s Inside Movies:
“We would love to have him. He’s a terrific actor. John Gotti, Sr. — he’s an icon. And so is Travolta … The Gottis have an image already. People know who they are. You can’t just be a good actor, you have to be a great actor who can become John Gotti.”
Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog) is also in talks with Fiore to direct Leo Rossi’s screenplay with the film aiming for a summer 2011 shoot. Although Gotti has yet to officially name any cast members and/or a director, Fiore has his sights set high with the project telling the same EW report that, “it’s going to be the new Godfather.” For his sake, I hope those who miss the moon really do land among the stars.