Casting Bits: Martin Sheen, Rachel McAdams & Bradley Cooper
by Ethan Anderton
June 18, 2010
Local law enforcement! It's about time you got here. I'm Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger, Universe Protection Unit. My ship has crash-landed here by mistake. I need to repair my turbo boosters. Are you still using fossil fuels, or have you discovered Casting Tidbits? First up, Variety reports Martin Sheen has joined the cast of The Double, a thriller centering on a retired CIA operative (Richard Gere) who is forced to partner with a young FBI agent (Topher Grace) to hunt down the killer of a senator in Washington. Stephen Moyer has also been cast as a Russian spy with Stana Katic and Odette Yustman adding a little beauty to the cast. Read on!
Second, THR reports Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum will find love in The Vow, a romance which tells the real-life story of a newlywed New Mexico couple who end up in a car crash. The wife is put in a coma, where she is cared for by her devoted husband. But when she comes to, without any memory of her husband or their marriage, the husband must swoon her and attempts to wins her heart again. Apparently the project has been in development for more than a decade, but I think I already saw this movie when it was called 50 First Dates.
Next, Variety reports Bradley Cooper is attached to star in an untitled Disney comedy/drama set in the world of baseball where he'll play an injured player in recovery. Based on a pitch from much buzzed about writer Allen Loeb (Wall Street 2), it's said to have elements similar to a mix of Scent of a Woman and The Rookie. The story follows a baseball player who gets injured and has to go back to the minors where the only place he can find lodging is in a senior citizens' home. There, he meets an old baseball guru who helps lead him back to his A-game. This one is just getting of the ground, so it will be awhile before we heard anymore news on development, so stay tuned, sports fans.
In addition, Deadline reports Daniel Kaluuya will take post as Rowan Atkinson's secret agent partner in the completely unnecessary comedy sequel Johnny English 2. He's the first cast member, other than Atkinson, to sign on for the flick which will be directed by Oliver Parker from a script by Hamish McColl. The story will following the bumbling antics of secret agent Johnny English as he embarks on a search for traitors within Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Yippee!
Next up, Variety reports that Octavia Spencer (Halloween 2, The Soloist) has landed a role in the growing cast of Flypaper. Directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover), the film focuses on a bank robbed by two groups of crooks at the same time who both come under attack by a secret enemy (Patrick Dempsey), to save the bank teller whom he loves. Ashley Judd and Tim Blake Nelson will also star in this independent comedy of errors.
Finally, Variety reports that Erin Carufel (Untraceable, Breach) has signed on to star in The Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey. Tommy Lee Jones was originally set to direct the legal drama but he dropped out back in November and is yet to be replaced. Based on Michael Connolly's 2005 novel, the story follows Mickey Haller (McConaughey), a wheeler-dealer Los Angeles lawyer who operates out of the back of his Lincoln. Haller is fine with defending garden-variety criminals until he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy accused of murder. William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei, John Leguizamo and Ryan Phillipe also star.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.