Casting Tidbits: Patrick Dempsey, Sigourney Weaver & More
by Ethan Anderton
November 4, 2009
Holy Casting Tidbits! First up, Variety reports Helen Mirren is joining Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis in Red, the espionage thriller based on the WildStorm/DC comic book of the same name. As we've reported previously, Robert Schwentke will be directing the Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber penned screenplay which follows a former black-ops CIA agent who lives a quiet life in retirement until the day a high-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. Sounds like just another Wednesday in my life. No word on exactly what role Mirren will be taking on, but I can pretty much guarantee she'll be playing a woman. Keep reading!
Next up, the new Ed Helms driven comedy Cedar Rapids (which recently gained a female lead with Anne Heche) is adding three more cast members as Variety reports sci-fi queen Sigourney Weaver, young up-and-comer Alia Shawkat (Whip It), and curly-haired funnyman John C. Reilly are joining the cast. While the story follows a sad-sack insurance agent who goes to an industry convention to try and save the jobs of his colleagues, Weaver will be playing Helms' former seventh grade teacher, but Reilly and Shawkat's roles are unspecified. But with this film set in Iowa, I would at least expect lots and lots of corn.
Finally, television heart-throb Patrick Dempsey has joined an Untitled Heist Comedy from Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the same writing duo behind this summer's smash hit The Hangover. Directed by Paul McGuigan (Push), the story will center on a man caught in the middle of two different robberies at the same bank who tries to protect a bank teller with whom he's secretly in love. If this guy is going to stand up to two different groups of thieves, then this girl better be a scantily clad Scarlett Johansson.
That's all the Casting Tidbits we've got for now. Stay tuned for more casting updates to come!