Casting Tidbits: Elijah Wood, Kate Bosworth, & Frank Langella
by Ethan Anderton
December 7, 2009
To Casting Tidbits and beyond! First up, THR reports tonight that Elijah Wood and Robin Williams are in negotiations to reprise their penguin alter egos in Happy Feet 2, the follow-up to the 2006 computer animated musical about a young tap-dancing social outcast named Mumble amongst a society of uncannily talented singing penguins. But under the tutelage of some funky fresh penguins including Ramon and the master of funk Lovelace (both voiced by Williams) Mumble gets the courage to be true to himself and his happy feet. The sequel's story is being kept under wraps but George Miller is writing and directing again.
Next up Variety says Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) will be joining Liam Neeson, January Jones and Diane Kruger in Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra's action thriller Unknown White Male. The story follows a doctor (Neeson) who, while visiting Berlin with his wife (Jones), is in a car accident that leaves him in a coma. He awakens to find that he has been inexplicably replaced by another man, leading the good doctor on a frantic quest to uncover the truth behind his stolen identity. Langella plays Cole, who comes forward as the doctor's colleague and just might be able to help him take back his life. Hopefully Langella will still be speaking like Richard Nixon in this and all following roles.
Meanwhile, THR reports that Kate Bosworth (superman Returns) has joined director Jean-Marc Vallee's next film Lost Girls and Love Hotels, which tells the story of a woman (Bosworth) who tries to forget her past while working in Tokyo as an English specialist at a stewardess training institute by day and losing herself in a sex- and drug-addled oblivion by night. She finds herself on the road to redemption when she becomes interested in a missing Western girl. Do you smell that? It's a traditional fresh baked indie film about someone who comes close to actually ends up hitting rock bottom forcing them to find and redeem themselves. Maybe The Smiths or even Elliot Smith will be on the soundtrack too!
Finally, THR has a casting announcement for Brother's Keeper, a PG-rated family drama being produced by WWE Films. Yes, that WWE, so it's no surprise that wresting champion turned sub-par actor John Cena will be joining Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover, Devon Graye and Madeleine Martin. Director Mel Damski, who has recently directed episodes of USA's Psych, hasn't directed a feature film since 1985's Mischief will be responsible for the story of a teenage boy (Graye) who tries to reunite his mother (Clarkson) and estranged older brother (Cena) 10 years after the death of their father, a state college wrestling legend. A brilliant student with no apparent athletic talents, the teenager decides to join the high school wrestling team as a way to pull the family together. He will come of age, oh yes, he will come of age.
That's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits! Be sure to stay tuned for more casting news on the way!