Today’s casting news updates include:
- Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), coming off of a great debut with Bates Motel, has been cast opposite Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge. Dave Dobkin (The Change-Up) is set to direct, with Robert Duvall and Vincent D’Onofrio rounding out the cast.
- Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) is keeping himself busy, lining up three new projects: The World Made Straight with Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Sex Ed with Glen Powell (Stuck in Love), and Blank Nation opposite Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl).
Hit the jump for much more about these projects.
Some quick casting bits today. Here they are in brief:
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We’ve got a few quick casting stories to report this morning. First up, Stark Sands (Generation Kill) has joined the Coen Brothers‘ upcoming film Inside Llewyn Davis. The movie takes place in 1961 Greenwich Village and centers on a young musician (Oscar Isaac) trying to make it in the folk scene. The film co-stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John Goodman. According to Deadline, Sands will play “Troy Nelson, a young soldier on leave who’s a forlorn and talented musician.” Sands’ recently appeared in the Broadway adaptation of Green Day‘s Americna Idiot.
Hit the jump for casting news on I’ll Follow You Down and John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary.
Sassy Pants is a biting coming-of-age comedy that follows recent homeschool grad Bethany Pruitt (Ashley Rickards) as she struggles to break free. As valedictorian of her one-student homeschool class, Bethany is stuck at home with her younger brother Shayne (Martin Spanjers) and their oppressive mother, June (Anna Gunn). Unable to take it anymore, Bethany catches the nearest Greyhound to her gay dad Dale’s (Diedrich Bader) mobile home, where he lives with his fun, younger boyfriend, Chip (Haley Joel Osment). When the fashion-inclined Bethany learns about the Fashion Art Technology Institute, she sees a chance to break free, once and for all, and make her own way in the world.
During an interview while at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) to premiere the film, actor Haley Joel Osment and writer/director Coley Sohn talked about the inspiration for the story, finding the right balance for a flamboyant character like Chip Hardy, the challenges of such a quick shoot, making the most of every set, and their hopes for distribution. Osment also talked about his next role, as a young physics student in the mystery drama I’ll Follow You Down, and Sohn said that she’s working on a gay marriage comedy for her next feature. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
There are two things you don’t hear us say very often on this site: one of them is “Haley Joel Osment” and the other is “Sassy Pants.” Tonight marks the exceedingly rare moment where we’ll say both of those things in one sentence, as in, we have a new trailer for you from the comedy Sassy Pants starring Haley Joel Osment. The film, by debut feature director Coley Sohn, stars Ashley Rickards (Awkward) as a teenage girl who attempts to get a job before going away to college. Complicating her plans of escape are an overbearing mom (Anna Gunn of Breaking Bad) and her gay father, played by Diedrich Bader (Napoleon Dynamite). The aforementioned Osment plays Chip Hardy, the father’s boyfriend. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see Osment like you’ve never seen him before (and probably never wanted to).
After an eight year hiatus from the movies, Haley Joel Osment is making a return to acting with three independent projects. The first two are in post-production, with no release set and truly unfortunate titles: Sassy Pants and Montana Amazon. The third has a fine title (Wake the Dead) and should have no trouble finding distribution given the marketability. Variety reports that Osment will play Victor Franklin, a college student who experiments with raising the dead in a present-day retelling of Frankenstein.
Wake the Dead is set up at Slasher Films, a production company launched by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. Jay Russell (The Water Horse) will direct from a script he co-wrote with James V. Hart (August Rush), based on Steve Niles comic of the same name. Wake the Dead is one of many upcoming projects based on the Frankenstein tale. Hit the jump for a recap.
We’re nearly ten years on from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, and Steven Spielberg’s fusion with Stanley Kubrick’s sensibilities is still a challenging and worthwhile film to revisit. We’re also now fifty-five years on from Cecil B. DeMille’s gorgeous take on The Ten Commandants, a film that has survived the test of time – partly by being shown on network television repeatedly. Both are now available on Blu-ray, and both are worth looking into. My review of both films on Blu-ray follow after the jump.
We have three bits of casting news to bring to you tonight. First up, former child star Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) has agreed to join the coming-of-age tale Sex Ed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Osment, who hasn’t appeared in a film since 2007′s Home of the Giants, will play “a college graduate who dreams of teaching high school Algebra, but due to budget restraints ends up teaching sexual education, despite being a virgin. He discovers an unlikely mentor in a blues bar, a ruthless enemy in the local PTA, and a gorgeous Polish girl for whom English is a distant second language.” It seems like only yesterday that Osment was curled up with a blanket talking to a dead Bruce Willis about other dead people. Now, he’s teaching sexual education. They grow up so fast.
For more news on Brian Cox (Trick ‘r Treat) signing onto Rise of the Apes and Swedish beauty Helena Mattsson (Surrogates) taking on Guns, Girls, and Gambling, hit the jump.
There’s never been anything small about M. Night Shyamalan’s career. As a mostly unknown 27-year-old filmmaker, his first studio film, Wide Awake, received a splashy March 15, 1998 premiere at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater with an introduction by sitting Vice-President Al Gore. At age 29, his next film, The Sixth Sense stunned audiences around the world and reaped global grosses of $672 million along with two personal Oscar nominations for Shyamalan. Later that year, his first screenplay for a studio film that he didn’t direct, Stuart Little, took in $300 million, worldwide. Shyamalan’s next five films grossed $1.1 billion, worldwide. The critical reception may have cooled over his past few films, but it served to shoot the stakes even higher for his new film, The Last Airbender, which opens today. However, Shyamalan gives off the sense that he wouldn’t be happy with anything less than a monumental challenge.
Collider caught up with Shyamalan and some of his cast this week. Hit the jump for the highlights from roundtable interviews with Shyamalan, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone and Nicola Peltz, including Shyamalan on his long, strange trip to 3D, Patel on Bollywood’s “God-awful” yet bankable movies, Rathbone on scoring his perfect Girlfriend and Shyamalan on why he doesn’t want “two feet tall Daniel Day-Lewises.”