Casting Call: Fanning and Farmiga in PURE LIFE, Haas and Luna in CONTRABAND, and Randy Couture Joins Willis and Phillippe in SET UP

     January 7, 2011


We’ve got casting news for a trio of films for you today. First up, Elle Fanning (Somewhere) and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) are set to star in the indie drama Pure Life. Directed by Van Fischer (Neo Ned), the film a 13-year-old girl in search of romance. Living in poverty, she finds a “bad boy” she deems worthy of taking her virginity. The Playlist reports that Farmiga will play the girl’s “hard-working and short-tempered” mother.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding UFC fighter Randy Couture joining Bruce Willis and Ryan Phillippe in Set Up, and Lukas Haas and Diego Luna signing up for Contraband.

Following his turn in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables, Randy Couture has joined the cast of the heist movie Set Up. He joins previously announced Bruce Willis, Ryan Phillippe, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Jenna Dewan Tatum. Heat Vision reports that Couture will play “an enforcer who works for a local crime lord (Willis) tasked to oversee Jackson[‘s character] on an assignment.” The film is directed by stunt coordinator Mike Gunther, from a script he co-wrote with Mike Behrman.

Lukas Haas and Diego Luna have been added to the cast of director Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband. What’s Playing reports that the two join previously announced Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Foster. A remake of an Icelandic thriller, the film tells the story of a former smuggler trying to go straight as a night guard. When his wife’s brother (who got him the job) botches a smuggling run, his life is threatened and the protagonist is dragged in for one more job.

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