Casting Call: Lucas Till Gets PARANOIA, T.R. Knight Joins Jackie Robinson Biopic 42 and Adepero Oduye In Talks for Steve McQueen’s TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

     April 16, 2012


We have some movie casting updates to share with you today. Here they are at a glance:

  • Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) is in talks to join the corporate espionage thriller Paranoia opposite Liam Hemsworth.
  • T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) will join the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, where he will play the Dodgers traveling secretary tasked with sussing out the housing situation once Robinson joins the team.
  • Adepero Oduye (Pariah) is in negotiations to join Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.

Hit the jump for much more on each project.

adepero-oduye-twelve-years-a-slaveVia Variety, Till is in talks to play a friend and co-worker to Hemsworth’s character in Paranoia, an espionage thriller set in the world of dueling telecom giants.  We recently reported on Hemsworth’s involvement, as well as the advanced negotiations to bring Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman on board for a thriller reunion of sorts (ie Air Force One).  Director Robert Luketic (21) is looking to start the IM Global-financed film early this summer.

From THR comes the news that Knight will be joining 42, the biopic chronicling Jackie Robinson’s baseball career.  Directed by Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale), 42 stars Chadwick Boseman (The Express) playing Robinson, the man who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947.  Harrison Ford will also star as Dodgers general manager, Branch Rickey, the man who signed Robinson.  Knight will play Harold Parrott, who becomes responsible for dealing with repercussions of Robinson’s addition to the team.  The pic also stars Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher and Ryan Merriman as the Dodgers right fielder, Dixie Walker.

Finally, via The Playlist, the reunion of Fassbender and McQueen (Shame) in Twelve Years a Slave will now feature the addition of Oduye.  The film, based on a true story, is set around a free black man who is tricked into slavery (Ejiofor) and ends up working for a plantation owner (Fassbender).  When he is able to send word of his predicament home to his wife (presumably Oduye’s character), she hires a Yankee lawyer (Pitt) to see to her husband’s freedom.  Check out what Fassbender had to say on the project in a recent interview with Steve.

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