John Goodman in Talks for TRUMBO; Dakota Johnson Makes A BIGGER SPLASH; Domhnall Gleeson in THE REVENANT; Elle Fanning Leads A STORM IN THE STARS

     July 30, 2014


Here’s the latest casting news out of Hollywood:

  • John Goodman is in talks to star alongside Brian Cranston in Jay Roach’s Dalton Trumbo biopic, Trumbo.
  • Dakota Johnson joins Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in A Bigger Splash, directed by Luca Guadagnino.
  • Domhnall Gleeson is in negotiations to join Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant.
  • Elle Fanning to play Mary Shelley in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s period romantic drama A Storm in the Stars.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

elle-fanning-a-storm-in-the-starsFirst up from The Wrap is news that Goodman is in early talks to star in Trumbo.  Cranston stars as the title screenwriter, “whose career writing classics like Spartacus and Roman Holiday came to a halt when he was blacklisted in Hollywood after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. He was forced to write under pseudonyms, winning two Oscars while blacklisted before he resumed his career using his own name.”  Goodman is expected to accept an offer to play Frank King, a producer who hired Trumbo to write for him; that effort, The Brave One, landed Trumbo a screenplay Oscar. Helen Mirren also stars.

The Wrap also reports that Johnson will co-star in A Bigger Splash alongside Fiennes and Swinton.  The story follows “a love triangle between a young woman and an older couple during their vacation, leading to a tragic ending.”  Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, and Jane Birkin starred in the original film; the production of the new version will begin in Italy next month.

Variety reports that Gleeson is in negotiations for The Revenant, an adaptation of the Michael Punke novel, that “centers on an 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.”  Gleeson is currently filming J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.

Finally from THR comes word that Fanning will star in A Storm in the Stars, an indie film written by Emma Jensen that tells the story of “the passionate love affair between dangerously charismatic poet Percy Shelley and 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft, who would a year later write Frankenstein as Mary Shelley (Fanning).  The script tells of the trials and tribulations of the first love of Shelley, a young, well-educated woman out of step with her time who wrote one of the first pieces of literary genre fiction in modern times.  Directed by the first female film director out of Saudi Arabia, A Storm in the Stars is looking to shoot next year.

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