Vanessa Hudgens Joins MACHETE KILLS, Wililam Hurt Tells WINTER’S TALE and Margo Martindale Added to AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

     August 1, 2012


We have a few new casting additions to share with you today.  Here they are in brief:

  • Vanessa Hudgens (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) is the latest addition to Machete Kills, the sequel  directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Danny Trejo.
  • William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk) will join Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, Winter’s Tale.  The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel stars Colin Farrell and Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay.
  • Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby) joins the family in August: Osage County, based on the Tracy Letts play and starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Chris Cooper.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

First vanessa-hudgens-machete-killsup from her own website (via Digital Spy), Hudgens is set to star in Machete Kills as Cereza.   No other details on her character were offered.  Machete Kills recently saw the addition of Lady Gaga and William Sadler.  The sequel also stars Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, Jessica Alba, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Vergara and Trejo as Machete Cortez.  Not to mention Charlie Sheen in a cameo as the President of the United States and Alexa Vega all grown up.

Deadline reports that Hurt will join Winter’s Tale in the last major role, that of the father of a dying young woman (Findlay) who falls in love with a thief that breaks into her home (Farrell).  The film will take place alternately in 19th century and in contemporary Manhattan.  Winter’s Tale also stars Will Smith and Russell Crowe in supporting role.

Deadline also reports that Martindale will join the family of John Wells’ directorial effort, August: Osage County.   The Emmy winner (Justified) will play Mattie Fae Aiken, the wife of Charles Aiken (Cooper) and sister to Violet Weston (Streep).  Roberts stars as Violet’s daughter, Barbara, with recent addition Abigail Breslin playing Barbara’s daughter. The picture follows a family who comes together in the wake of the absence of their alcoholic patriarch.  August: Osage County stars filming in Oklahoma late this September.


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