Jessica Biel in Talks for Indie EMANUEL AND THE TRUTH ABOUT FISHES; Jay Mohr Joins Comedy BURT WONDERSTONE Opposite Steve Carell

     December 20, 2011

We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you this afternoon. First up, Jessica Biel is in final negotiations to join the indie Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes. Directed by Francesca Gregorini (Tanner Hall), the film stars Kaya Scodelario (Clash of the Titans) as a troubled 17-year-old named Emanuel who agrees to babysit her new neighbor Linda’s “baby”, though the baby turns out to actually be a life-like doll. “She goes along with the delusion while befriending Linda, who happens to be the splitting image of Emanuel’s late mother.”

Variety reports that Biel is in talks to play Linda, who is traumatized by the death of her child and has been caring for the doll as a means of coping. Rooney Mara, who starred in Tanner Hall, was originally set to play Emanuel, but was forced to drop out when production was moved to early 2012. Biel recently wrapped the Total Recall remake. Hit the jump for casting news regarding the Steve CarellJim Carrey comedy Burt Wonderstone.

jay-mohr-imageAdditionally, Jay Mohr is the latest to join the cast of Don Scardino’s (30 Rock) comedy Burt Wonderstone. The film stars Steve Carell as a Las Vegas musician who struggles to defeat a rival magician (Jim Carrey) following the death of his partner. The Wrap reports that Mohr will play a magician named Rick the Implausible. The plot seems alright, but the cast is what sells this project for me. Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) also wrote the latest version of the script, which doesn’t hurt either. The cast also includes Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, and James Gandolfini.

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