We have a couple of quick casting stories to report this morning. First up, The Film Stage confirms that Madisen Beaty has joined Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled religious drama. Her role is unknown but it’s possible she’s playing the daughter to charismatic religious leader Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his wife (Amy Adams). This weekend we reported that Rami Malek (who gave an electric performance in The Pacific) had been cast as the daughter’s husband. The cast also includes Joaquin Phoenix as Dodd’s right-hand man, Laura Dern, Lena Endre, Jesse Plemons, and David Warshofsky. The plot was once based on L. Ron Hubbard and the founding of Scientology, but that may have been scaled back to tell the story a man who witnesses the horrors of World War II and is spurred to create his own religion.
Hit the jump for casting news on the drama Wartime Wanderers.
The Observer [via The Playlist] reports that Rupert Grint and Jonathan Pryce have joined David Whitney’s Wartime Wanderers. The story concerns the 1939 Bolton Wanderers F.C., a team of professional footballers who were inspired by team captain Harry Goslin’s speech and enlisted to fight in World War II en masse. The film stars Sean Maguire (Meet the Spartans) as Goslin, Matthew McNulty (The Arbor) as star player Ray Westwood, and Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK) as the Sergeant Major who looks after the players on their enlistment. Grint will play Ernie Forrest, the joker of the team while Pryce has been cast as the team’s manager.