Willem Dafoe Joins Keanu Reeves in JOHN WICK; Amber Heard Takes to LONDON FIELDS; Jeremy Garelick’s THE WEDDING RINGER Adds to Cast

     September 12, 2013

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Willem Dafoe (John Carter) will join Keanu Reeves in hitman thriller, John Wick.
  • Amber Heard (Paranoia) joins London Fields, an adaptation of the Martin Amis novel directed by Matthew Cullen.
  • Director Jeremy Garelick’s previously-untitled comedy is now officially The Wedding Ringer.  Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco are joined by an impressive cast.

Hit the jump for more.

willem-dafoe-out-of-the-furnaceFirst up from Deadline is news that Dafoe will hunt Reeves in John Wick.  Reeves stars in the title role – a former contract killer – whom Dafoe’s Marcus is hired to take out.  Marcus and John have a history as the former convinced the latter to leave the assassin life after a tragic event.  It sounds like it’s got shades of Richard Donner’s 1995 film, Assassins, starring Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas, which was written by the Wachowski siblings and Brian Helgeland.

Deadline also reports that Heard will star in London Fields alongside Jim Sturgess, Billy Bob Thornton and Theo James.  “Heard plays [Nicola], the ultimate eternal sexual femme fatale, possessed of unusual beauty and hypnotic magnetism. Mysterious and clairvoyant, she sets a plan in motion to fulfill the prophecy of her own murder. Caught up in Nicola’s plan are [Samson],a terminally ill writer (Thornton); a lowly street hustler (Sturgess); and an unhappily married banker (James), who become intertwined in a love triangle that unfolds in the grimy underbelly of London. Samson convinces Nicola to let him document her manipulations in a book she says will be his literary masterpiece but only she knows who the tale will end and who her killer will be.”

Here’s the press release with some new casting info on the officially-titled The Wedding Ringer:

SCREEN GEMS AND MIRAMAX ROUND OUT CAST FOR COMEDY “THE WEDDING RINGER”

Production Gets Underway In Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA  September 12, 2013 – Screen Gems and Miramax are in production in Los Angeles on the comedy “The Wedding Ringer” starring Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco.

Joining Hart, Gad and Cuoco in supporting roles are Affion Crockett (“A Haunted House”), Jorge Garcia (“Lost”), Dan Gill (“The Great Gatsby”),Corey Holcomb (“Who’s Watching the Kids”), Ken Howard (“Michael Clayton”), Colin Kane (“Lift”), Cloris Leachman (“Raising Hope”), Jenifer Lewis (“Think Like a Man”), Alan Ritchson (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”), Mimi Rogers (“Two and a Half Men”), Ignacio Serricchio (“The Young and the Restless”), Aaron Takahashi (“Yes Man”), Olivia Thirlby (“Juno”), and Nicky Whelan (“Hall Pass”).

Jeremy Garelick (writer of “The Break-Up”) is directing “The Wedding Ringer” from a screenplay he wrote with Jay Lavender (“The Break-Up”), which was developed at Miramax.

Miramax’s Adam Fields (“Limitless”) and Will Packer (“Think Like a Man”) are producing the film. Screen Gems’ President, Clint Culpepper, is overseeing the production on behalf of Screen Gems.

In “The Wedding Ringer,” Jimmy (Hart) provides best man services for socially challenged guys, who – for whatever reason – have no one close enough to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding.  Doug (Gad) a groom-to-be, has found himself in just such a situation, but, to make matters worse, he fabricates the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well.  When all else fails, Doug seeks out Jimmy’s services to carry out a charade designed to make Doug look his best, but threatens to destroy everything if it fails.

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