Casting Tidbits: Ron Perlman, Val Kilmer, January Jones & More
by Ethan Anderton
October 28, 2009
Hot off the presses, we've got a huge load of casting news for you! First up, January Jones (of AMC's "Mad Men") is two-for-two as in this update THR reports that the beautiful actress has nabbed the lead female role opposite Nicolas Cage in the Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job) directed action-thriller The Hungry Rabbit Jumps. The film tells the story of "a man who, after a crime is perpetrated on his wife (Jones), gets more than he bargained for when he enlists a vigilante group to help him settle the score." Tobey Maguire's Maguire Entertainment, James Stern, and Ram Bergman are planning to begin shooting in early December.
Second, THR announced a trio of cast members who are joining Charles de Lauzirika (who produced the new Blade Runner box set) for his directorial debut with the indie thriller Crave.Josh Lawson ($quid: The Movie), Emma Lung (The Boys Are Back) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) are all joining the film that "centers on a troubled photographer (Lawson) whose dangerous visions wreak havoc when his romance with a young woman (Lung) ends and he is pursued by a world-weary detective (Perlman)."
Next up, Variety has a brief blurb saying Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) has joined Robert Redford's period drama The Conspirator. Huston will portray the prosecutor in the trial of Mary Surratt, a Confederate sympathizer who was tried as a conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's assassination. He joins the already cast Robin Wright Penn as Surratt, James McAvoy and Tom Wilkinson. I can't help but think how exciting this would be if Huston was going to play Colonel William Stryker.
In addition, Variety reports that Billy Bob Thornton and Dwayne Johnson have signed on to star in Faster. The story follows Driver (Johnson) an ex-con out to avenge his brother's murder. Then there's Cop (Thornton), a veteran policeman who trails Driver as he races to settle with those responsible for the murder. Also in the mix is Killer, an egocentric hitman who's after Driver, but no word on who will be playing Killer. I'm looking forward to cameos by Businessman and Hooker.
Meanwhile, Milla Jovovich has joined another thriller (following The Fourth Kind) as Variety reports she has joined the cast of the Julien Magnat written and directed film Faces in the Crowd. The story follows "a woman (Jovovich) who barely survives an attack by a serial killer and wakes up in hospital with a head injury that leaves her 'face-blind.' No longer able to recognize faces, she must navigate a world in which facial features change each time she loses sight of them. All the while the killer is closing in, determined to eliminate the potential witness." Wait, what is going on?
Finally, Val Kilmer (Bad Lieutenant) and Emmanuelle Chriqui (of HBO's "Entourage") have joined the war-drama Georgia which chronicles the story of an American journalist (Kilmer) and his cameraman caught in the crossfire of last year's headline grabbing conflict between Russia and Georgia and a doctoral student (Chriqui) who becomes entangled with them. Director Renny Harlin (12 Rounds, Die Hard 2) is also producing the picture with with Rex Films' George Lascu and Michael P. Flannigan as well as David Imedashvil. Hopefully "Entourage" character Eric Murphy isn't far behind with a private jet to save Chirqui.
That's all the Casting Tidbits we've got for now. Stay tuned for many more casting updates in the future!