Casting Call: Skarsgard and Sanada Join THE RAILWAY MAN; Gad in Talks for JOBS; Geraghty to Lead KILIMANJARO; Ramsey Boards YOU ARE HERE

     April 27, 2012


We’ve got a smattering of casting news to throw your way this morning.  First up, Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada (the upcoming action flick 47 Ronin) have joined the Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) in Jonathan Teplitzy‘s drama The Railway Man.  Firth plays real-life World War II British officer Eric Lomax, who was captured and tortured by the Japanese.  Decades later, he’s persuaded by his wife (Kidman) to find and confront one of his captors in order to repair the psychological damage.  Irvine plays the younger Lomax who was in the war.  According to Variety, “Skarsgard will play the best friend who accompanies the older Lomax (Firth) back to the scene of his torture. Sanada plays a Japanese officer from the prison camp whom Lomax tracks down.”  This is turning out to be a terrific cast, and judging by the synopsis, this could be a big role for Sanada, whose previous credits include Speed Racer, Sunshine, and Lost.

Hit the jump for more casting news on the indie flicks Jobs, Kilimanjaro, and You Are Here.

the-game-josh-gad-imageJosh Gad (The Book of Mormon) is in talks to star opposite Ashton Kutcher in the Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs.  Gad would play geek-beloved Apple I creator and Apple II co-creator Steve Wozniak.  Per Variety, Joshua Michael Stern‘s indie “chronicles Steve Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.”  I really hope this movie works like music biopics where an offhanded comment from a supporting character leads to a Eureka moment.  “If only my desktop monitor came in different colors…” [Slow close-up on Jobs’ thinking deeply about this concept]

Gad has been racking up roles left and right since his Tony-nominated turn in Book of Mormon.  He’s co-starring in the upcoming White House family comedy 1600 Penn, which he also co-created.  He also recently wrapped the drama Thanks for Sharing starring Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow, and he also lent his voice to the upcoming animated features Ice Age: Continental Drift and Me and My Shadow.

Moving on, The Hurt Locker co-star Brian Geraghty will lead Walter Strafford‘s Kilimanjaro.  Per THR, “The story centers on a man (Geraghty) who is determined to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro after a recent breakup.”  If he was really upset, he would try to climb Everest or K2, but perhaps his character is accounting for depth below sea level (yes, I’ll take this opportunity to make a rare climbing joke).  Geraghty recently co-starred in the thriller ATM, and will next be seen in Robert ZemeckisFlight starring Denzel Washington.

Finally, Deadline reports that Laura Ramsey is set to join You Are Here, the debut feature from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.  The movie stars Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, and Amy Poehler.  The story centers on childhood best friends who go on a road trip after one of them inherits significant coin following the death of his father.  Ramsey has been cast as “a young beautiful widow and love interest to the role played by Wilson.”  Filming is set to being in May in North Carolina.


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