Casting Call: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer Join PLAYING THE FIELD; Mae Whitman Signs on to THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

     April 5, 2011


Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer have joined Gerard Butler in Gabriele Muccino’s Playing the Field.  The comedy centers on a former soccer star (Butler) who decides to coach his son’s little league soccer team, but ends up becoming the object of attraction for the town’s local women.  24 Frames reports that Zeta-Jones will play a vixen newscaster while Greer will play a hot-and-bothered housewife.  The cast also includes Uma Thurman as another wife who’s attracted to Butler’s character, Dennis Quaid as Thurman’s husband, and Jessica Biel as Butler’s estranged wife.  Additionally, The Kids Are All Right co-writer Stuart Blumberg recently came on to write a new draft of Rob Fox’s script.  Filming on Playing the Field began shooting this week.

Hit the jump for casting news on the coming-of-age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Variety reports that Mae Whitman (Parenthood) has joined Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in Stephen Chbosky’s indie The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Chbosky wrote the screenplay from his own 1999 novel, which “follows a shy and unpopular high school student who writes a series of letters to an anonymous penpal.”  Lerman (Percy Jackson) will play the protagonist while Watson will play his the female lead.  According to Variety, Whitman is set for “Mary Elizabeth, a tattooed vegetarian who acts as the protagonist’s first girlfriend.”

Whitman was last seen in theaters in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  She’ll next be seen alongside John Cusack in the thriller The Factory, and she’s set to co-star in the ensemble comedy The Hand Job.


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