Here are today’s casting notes at a glance:
- Dan Aykroyd will join Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace picture, Behind the Candelabra.
- Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting), Shirley MacLaine (The Apartment) and Oliver Cooper (Project X) will star in the ensemble comedy, A Film by Alan Stuart, from writer/director Andy Bergman.
- Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) will join Gary Oldman, Malcolm McDowell and Dominic Monaghan in Monster Butler.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
Variety reports that Aykroyd, who recently wrapped his appearance in The Campaign, will star in Behind the Candelabra, a biopic of flamboyant musician, Liberace. Richard LaGravenese adapted “My Life With Liberace,” the memoirs of his lover, Scott Thorson. Douglas will star as the late vocalist with Damon playing Thorson. Aykroyd is set to play Seymour Heller, Liberace’s manager who disapproved of his relationship with Thorson. The Soderbergh picture was originally set up through Warner Bros., but went through HBO Films in order to gain traction and a wider audience. Production is set to begin on Behind the Candelabra this summer, with plans to debut on the premium network followed by a theatrical release outside the U.S. and Canada.
Deadline reports that Williams, MacLaine and Cooper are set for the ensemble comedy, A Film by Alan Stuart, in which a young filmmaker attempts to make a documentary about his family’s strange World War II history to the screen. The film will also feature a cameo from Rob Reiner.
Finally, THR (via The Leaky Cauldron) has word that Harry Potter alumni Lynch and Oldman will reunite in indie crime-thriller, Monster Butler under Doug Rath’s direction. The story follows the true story of Ray Fontaine, aka Archibald Hall (McDowell), a bisexual triple threat of jewel thief, con-man and serial killer. Monster Butler, which starts production this week in Scotland, will tell of his downward spiral and eventual capture. Lynch will play Fiona Carrick-Smith, who takes a liking to her family’s new butler and confesses her reluctance to go through with her upcoming marriage, preferring to do something more dangerous and exciting. Seeing as the butler is indeed a monster, things probably won’t go too well for her.