Plenty of names in tonight’s casting report:
- Will Forte, Tatum O’Neal, Joanna Lumley, and Debi Mazar have signed on to Peter Bogdanovich‘s show business comedy Squirrels to the Nuts. Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and Imogen Poots star.
- Michael Bay cast Titus Welliver in Transformers 4. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor star.
- MacKenzie Mauzy and Bily Magnussen will join Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Anna Kendrick in the star-studded supporting cast of the the Disey musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides).
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Squirrels to the Nuts centers on “a married Broadway director (Wilson) who meets a call girl (Poots) and tries to convince her to change her life, causing a domino effect that complicates his life.” According to THR, Forte plays the writer of the show Wilson is directing. O’Neal and Bogdanovich are reuniting 40 years after their Oscar-winning collaboration, Paper Moon. According to The Wrap, O’Neal will make a cameo appearance that is currently under wraps. Kathryn Hahn, Cybill Shepherd, Richard Lewis, Austin Pendleton, and George Morfogen also star.
According to Deadline, Welliver joined the Transformers cast in an unspecified role. Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, TJ Miller, Bingbing Li, and Han Geng co-star. The untitled sequel is scheduled for release on June 27, 2014.
James Corden and Emily Blunt star in Into the Woods as a baker and his wife, on a quest to reverse a curse that keeps them from starting a family. The twist: the couple encounter Brothers Grimm fairy tale characters along the way. Depp (The Wolf), Streep (The Witch), Pine (Rapunzel’s Prince), Kendrick (Cinderella), Christine Baranski (Cinderellla’s Stepmother), Daniel Huttlestone (Jack), and Tracey Ullman (Jack’s Mother) round out the supporting cast. According to Deadline, Mauzy will play Rapunzel and Magnussen is set to play her Prince. Both Mauzy and Magnussen have about 200 daytime soap episodes under their belt as well as an experience on Broadway. I am not familiar with either, but approve the casting of Mauzy based on a great head of hair—curly locks for days. Into the Woods opens December 25, 2014.