Annette Bening and Bobby Cannavale IMAGINE; Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs Are LIFE PARTNERS; DRACULA, HERCULES Cast Female Leads

     May 2, 2013

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Three first-time directors and a Brett Ratner did some casting today:

  • Annette Benning and Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire) are in negotiations to star opposite Al Pacino in Imagine, the directorial debut of writer Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love).
  • Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Gillian Jacobs (Community) star as two opposites in a co-dependent friendship in Life Partners, the directorial debut of Susanna FogelAdam Brody, Gabourey Sidibe, Abby Elliott, and Beth Dover co-star.
  • Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) is in negotiations for the female lead in Dracula. Luke Evans stars in Gary Shore‘s directorial debut.
  • Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Chernobyl Diaries) landed the female lead in Ratner’s HerculesDwayne Johnson plays the titular Greek hero.  Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes co-star.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

bobby cannavale imagineFogelman’s script for Imagine follows “an aging rocker (Pacino) who discovers a letter written to him by the late John Lennon and decides to alter the course of his life.”  According to THR, Bening and Cannavale would play love interest and son, respectively, to Pacino’s character.  At one point, when Imagine was set to be a Steve Carell vehicle, those roles were earmarked for Julianne Moore and Jeremy Renner.  Production begins in July.

Fogel co-wrote the script for Life Partners with Joni Lefkowitz.  Deadline provides the synopsis:

The comedy is about a codependent friendship between two very different girls — type-A Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian slacker Sasha (Meester). Paige has vowed that she won’t get married until Sasha has the same legal right and that works out fine until Paige meets Tim (Brody), a young and charming doctor. As a crucial vote on gay marriage approaches, the threesome struggle with issues of love, friendship, and loyalty.”

Dracula is an origin story about the life of mortal Prince Vlad (Evans), who sacrifices his soul to save his family and thus becomes the world’s first vampire.  Variety does not specify, but I would guess Gadon is in talks to play Vlad’s wife.  Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the latest draft of the screenplay.  Dracula is set for release August 8, 2014.

hercules-the-thracian-wars-coverPer Variety, Berdal will play a warrior who fights with Hercules in Hercules.  Ratner will start shooting in June for a July 25, 2014 release date.  Ryan Condal adapted the screenplay from the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars Here’s a description of the source material:

Nearly 3,200 years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth as neither man nor god: Hercules, powerful son of the god-king Zeus, and for this he received nothing but suffering. After 12 arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding solace only in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, bonded by their love of fighting and the presence of death never questioning where they go or who they fight, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to turn his men into the greatest army of all time, which means training them to be as bloodthirsty and ruthless as their own reputation. It is time for this band of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen and the narrow, perilous path to their own redemption. [Amazon]

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