Casting Call: Paul Rudd in MY IDIOT BROTHER, Adam Beach in COWBOYS & ALIENS, Hope Davis in REAL STEEL

     June 1, 2010

We have three pieces of casting news for you tonight.  First up, Paul Rudd is set to star in the comedy My Idiot Brother.  Directed by Jesse Peretz (Important Things with Demetri Martin), THR reports that the film “sees Rudd playing an idealist dealing with his overbearing mother who crashes into the homes of his three ambitious sisters and, in succession, brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc.”

I’m glad this doesn’t sound like Rudd playing yet another straight man.  Unfortunately, he’ll next be seen this summer playing that kind of role opposite Steve Carell in Dinner for Schmucks.  He’s also co-starring in James Brooks’ How Do You Know this December, but I don’t know what kind of character he’s playing.  I think Rudd is fantastic, and he’s got so much more versatility than the boring straight man shtick he’s usually stuck playing.

Hit the jump for casting news on Adam Beach saddling up for Cowboys & Aliens and Hope Davis joining Real Steel.

Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers) has joined the cast of Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens.  He’ll star alongside Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, and Harrison Ford.  The film is about Apache Indians and Western settlers who have to join forces when an alien spaceship crash-lands in their city.  According to Variety, Beach will play “Nat Colorado, a half-Apache who works for Ford’s character (Woodrow Dollarhyde).”  The film is slated to hit theaters on July 29, 2011.

Finally, Hope Davis (Synecdoche, New York) will star alongside Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand and Anthony Mackie in Shawn Levy’s Real Steel.  The film takes place in the future where people prefer robot boxing over humans pummeling each other.  Jackman stars as a former boxer who takes a final shot at the title when he teams with his long-lost son to train the perfect contender.  Variety doesn’t mention what role Davis will play.

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