David Oyelowo and David Gyasi Join INTERSTELLAR; Vanessa Hudgens and Denis Leary for KITCHEN SINK; Helen Hunt Sets Cast for Her Directing Effort, RIDE

     July 30, 2013

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Here’s the latest casting news:

  • David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland) and David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas) will join Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film, Interstellar.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers) is in early talks for the horror-comedy The Kitchen Sink, directed by Robbie Pickering (Natural Selection).  Denis Leary (The Amazing Spider-Man) is set for the film.
  • Helen Hunt (The Sessions) has landed financing for her new film, Ride, the cast of which also features Luke Wilson (Wedding Crashers), David Zayas (Dexter), Mike White (The School of Rock), Richard Kind (Argo), Leonor Varela (Blade II), Elizabeth Jayne and Brenton Thwaites (Blue Lagoon II: The Awakening).

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

First up from The Wrap is news that Oyelowo and Gyasi will join Interstellar.  No information is given as to their roles as the Nolan film about a group of space explorers venturing through a wormhole remains secretive.  Interstellar also stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Bill Irwin and Timothee Chalamet.

brenton-thwaitesThe Wrap also reports that Hudgens is in early talks to join The Kitchen Sink, while Leary is set to star in the picture.  From screenwriter Oren Uziel, Sony’s monster genre mash-up is described as “in the vein of Zombieland, [and the] story follows a group of teens who form an unlikely alliance with vampires and zombies in order to take on an alien army.”  Hudgens would play “a popular teen who finds herself in danger when aliens invade her small town.”  Leary’s character is a smart and wealthy citizen of the town who apparently isn’t the friendliest of folks.  The picture features Nicholas Braun (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) alongside Mackenzie Davis (Breathe In), Josh Fadem (The Eric Andre Show) and Chris Zylka (The Amazing Spider-Man).

From Deadline comes word that Hunt has secured financing and a finalized cast for Ride, which she will produce, direct and star in.  The film follows a 20-year old NYU student (Thwaites) who moves from New York to California for the summer. He leaves behind his strong-willed magazine editor mother (Hunt) who follows him to the West Coast when she hears he’s ditching school to go surfing.  Once there, “she meets a surf teacher (Wilson) who brings her to life in every way. Both mother and son find their own version of love, sex and an unexpected state of grace in a most unlikely place.” Ride begins production in LA on August 5th and will move to New York in Octoer.

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