We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Val Kilmer, Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill) and Kate Maberly (Finding Neverland) have joined the cast of D.J. Caruso’s indie The Goats. Based on the young adult novel by Brock Cole, the story centers on two kids who are stranded on Goat Island following a summer camp prank. Rather than return to camp, the duo set out on their own adventure and run away. Chandler Canterbury (Knowing) and Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories) are set as the two young leads. Variety reports that Kilmer and Mitchell will play parents, with Maberly taking on the role of a camp counselor. Production on Caruso’s passion project began today in Georgia. Hit the jump for the casting news of Toby Kebbel in Zal Batmanglij’s The East, and a synopsis of The Goats.
Director D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) is attached to several projects at the moment, including Beat the Reaper, Walk Among the Tombstones, and most notably, Preacher. But first Caruso will move forward on an indie passion project, The Goats, after more than a decade in development. Step 1: casting the young leads, Chandler Canterbury (Knowing) and Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories). Based on the young adult novel by Brock Cole, the story centers on two kids stranded on Goat Island after a summer camp prank: “Rather than face the humiliation of returning to camp, the duo decides to run away together and what follows is a three-day journey of self-discovery.” The premise is intriguing, but the translation to the screen will be tricky given the reliance on child acting. Put it this way: The Goats reminds me of The Hunger Games and Lionsgate cast 21-year-old Jennifer Lawrence (playing 16) in the lead. I’m not familiar with Canterbury or Basso’s work, and can’t vouch for Caruso’s ability to draw a good performance out of his young actors. But I wish them the best of luck in pulling it together in service of a premise that, again, I’d like to see work on screen.
According to Variety, production will begin in October in Georgia. The book synopsis is after the jump.