Casting Bits: Abigail Spencer, Cobie Smulders & Bradley Cooper
by Ethan Anderton
July 5, 2010
Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no Casting Tidbits, and may God have mercy on your soul. Although Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell have already made the cast of Cowboys & Aliens very impressive, one more name couldn't hurt as Variety reports Abigail Spencer ("Mad Men") has joined the sci-fi/western as a former lover of Craig's character.
Second, The Wrap reports a whole group of actors have joined the recently announced cast of Grassroots, an indie political comedy starring Jason Biggs & Joel David Moore. New cast members are D.C. Pierson (from Derrick Comedy's Mystery Team), Cobie Smulders ("How I Met Your Mother"), Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under"), Cedric the Entertainer, Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore), Emily Bergl ("Grey's Anatomy"), and Tom Arnold. The story follows a recently fired journalist (Biggs) who reluctantly agrees to spearhead the Seattle City Council campaign of his eccentric friend (Moore), a former pedicab driver with a burning passion for the Monorail.
Next, Deadline reports two young actresses are moving from two drastically different bloodsucking roles in the indie thriller Catch .44 as Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga) and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") have signed on in the thriller about three gorgeous female assassins thrust into an extraordinary situation involving a psychopathic hitman, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook. Aaron Harvey wrote and is directing the flick which already boasts a cast including Bruce Willis, Malin Ackerman and Forest Whitaker.
Finally, a bit of un-casting as it seems Bradley Cooper will be unable to join M. Night Shyamalan's next project, which he's currently shopping around Hollywood. When the project was discovered, Cooper, Bruce Willis and Gwyneth Paltrow were said to be attached to the mostly secret story. Now Shyamalan himself says Cooper will likely not be involved anymore. Shyamalan explains why: "Hangover 2. I don't think Bradley can do it because of that." So now we're unsure who will take his place in the role which is said to be the main character in the story of a father searching for his missing child and utilizing some sort of supernatural powers to aid in his search. Stay tuned for any further developments.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.