Casting Calls

Thanks for checking out Casting Calls, a weekly roundup of all the notable roles that actors and actresses have scored for upcoming films. As always, we will try to avoid rumors, and stick to roles that have been locked down or are in the negotiation stage.

In this weeks edition, Jackie Chan plans another English-language action comedy genre, Tommy Lee Jones returns to law enforcement, “Thor 2” gets a familiar face back, Batman and Superman join forces(not as cool as it sounds), and much more.

So hit the jump to get all the details on who got what gig!

Well I wouldn’t necessarily call this a slow week, but there isn’t anything really juicy that happened this week either. We'll start with the news about Tommy Lee Jones. Jones has signed on to play an FBI-agent in the upcoming Luc Besson film “Malavita”.

The film tells the story of the Manzonis, a mafia family that gets placed in the witness protection program, and is relocated to Normandy, France. The husband and wife, played by Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer, try to adapt to life away from crime, but some habits die hard. After awhile, they find themselves resorting to old methods to handle things.

So far I like what I’m seeing with this movie. The cast is great, and throw in the mob storyline and its generally a recipe for success. Plus, none of these actors have done too much of note lately, at least note with them as the headline of the film, so it should be a nice return to roles that they all have been critically acclaimed for. No need to get into DeNiro’s history with mob roles, but for anyone that doesn’t remember, Tommy Lee Jones received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in “The Fugitive”, another role that had him playing a government agent.

Pre-production is set to begin in July with filming planned for August at La Cité du Cinéma, home of the brand new Studios de Paris. Additional shooting will take place in Normandy, France and New York, and the studio is aiming for a 2013 release.

Our next bit of news has Jackie Chan returning to his most popular, and marketable genre. Chan is developing a new English-language action comedy. Now I know what your thinking, and I was to, that Chan said he was retiring but what he really said is that he would just be more selective with his roles he takes now that he’s getting up there in age.

Being produced in China, the comedy will feature Chan as a detective hired to find an American gambler who owes a large amount of money to a Macau-based casino. That’s not necessarily a lot to go on, but I mean, do we really need a lot of info on this.

The biggest question mark with this film is will it be able to generate any hype? It’s been quite awhile since Chan has brought in a lot of money at the box office. He was in the recent “Karate Kid” movie, but I don’t think that films success had too much to do with him, not that it hurt, but I think it would’ve been popular regardless. I’ve never been a huge fan of Chan to begin with, so I can say as of right now, this film isn’t providing anything that is sparking my interest. Who knows though, maybe some other solid casting choices in the future, and I may give this a chance.

Next up, in an interview with Hey U Guys, Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard confirmed that he will be returning as Dr. Erik Selvig in “Thor 2”

Check out the interview below.

Alright that pretty much takes care of the notable roles that have been announced for the week, so now I’ll fire through some of the smaller roles that have been announced this week.

-Kevin Hart is set to headline Screen Gems’ remake of “About Last Night”. He'll play Bernie Litgo, the character that Jim Belushi played in the 1986 original. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

-Justin Long is in talks to play the lead role in the film adaption of the Stephen King novel “The 10 O’Clock People”. The film is being directed by Tom Holland and should begin filming later this summer. Source: Deadline

-Oscar Isaac has signed on for the Hossein Amini's directed film “The Two Faces of January”. He will join Viggo Mortensen in the film. Source: Variety

Official Synopsis:
“Three of them are waiting. Rydal Keener is waiting for something exciting to happen in his grubby little Athens hotel. At forty-odd, Chester MacFarland has been waiting much longer, expecting his life of stock manipu­lation and fraud to catch up with him. And Colette, Chester’s wife, is waiting for something altogether different.”
-Stephen Moyer (True Blood) has joined the cast of Atom Egoyan's “Devil’s Knot”. The film is a narrative take on the Western Memphis Three, which is about three men who were wrongfully convicted for the murder of three young boys. Source: Deadline

-Rose Byrne will star in the upcoming Shawn Levy film “The Internship”. The film will reunite “Wedding Crashers” stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. The two play a couple of unemployed salesmen, who find themselves behind in the new digital age, and take an internship at a large tech company to keep up with the market. Byrne will play a member of the companies upper management.Source: The Playlist

-Shailene Woodley has landed a role in the Gregg Araki film “White Bird”. The film follows a young girl who’s life starts to come apart after the disappearance of her mother. Source: The Playlist

Also in the news this week, the upcoming White House siege movie “Olympus Has Fallen” has added two new names to its cast. Angela Bassett and Dylan McDermott have both signed on for the film.

Bassett will play the Head of Secret Service which will obviously have her in charge of defending the White House, while McDermott will be playing one of the Secret Service agents under Bassett.

And last but not least, the news you’ve all been at the edge of your chairs for, it's happening - BATMAN AND SUPERMAN are joining forces. YES!!! Oh wait, it’s a Lego movie, yup don’t care. But since I know we have a large audience of people under 13 on this site, I’ll give a quick rundown of the facts.

First off, get this, the two super heroes aren’t even the stars of the film, which has been titled “Lego: The Piece of Resistance”. It’s some character being voiced by Chris Pratt. Still, filmmakers are hoping to snag Channing Tatum to voice Superman and Will Arnett for Batman.

Okay that’s all I can devote to this, sorry folks. If you want more info on this film, check out Variety for all the juicy details.

Well that wraps up this week's edition of Casting Calls. Be sure to check back every Monday for all the latest casting news and notes! Any of this news spark your attention? Do you think any of these seem like bad choices?