Casting Bits: Robert De Niro, Brooklyn Decker, Max Von Sydow
by Ethan Anderton
August 17, 2010
A Wangdoodle would eat ten of them for breakfast and think nothing of it. So, I said, "Come and live with me in peace and safety, away from all the Wangdoodles, and Hornswogglers, and Snozzwangers, and rotten Casting Tidbits. First, Variety reports Robert De Niro is joining the cast of Manual of Love 3, the third installment of an Italian romantic comedy franchise from director Giovanni Veronesi. Each film has a few different episodes (kind of like Paris, je t'aime) telling varying romantic stories. De Niro (who will partially speak Italian) will play a divorced American professor living in Rome in one of the episodes within the film.
Second, Latino Review was the first to report (confirmed by Heat Vision) that Victoria's Secret model and 2010 Sports Illustrated cover girl Brooklyn Decker has joined the cast of Peter Berg's adaptation of the board game Battleship. Decker will play one of the female leads, a character named Sam who is described as being able to "surf, fight, dance and crush the NY Times crossword puzzle. (She) has driven a motorcycle around the world twice." She is the love interest of Taylor Kitsch, who plays one of the naval commanders in the movie. Shooting starts later this year with a summer release date of 2012, so we've got a long time to go until we see this one.
Next up, hidden in a long Variety article about the American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes word that legendary Swedish actor Max Von Sydow (Shutter Island, Minority Report) is in talks to join the cast. Sydow will play Henrik Vanger, the man who hires Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) to investigate the decades-old disappearance of his favorite great-niece. In addition, Vanger also hired Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) to investigate Blomkvist. Now that's what I call a thorough investigation.
Finally, Deadline has a bit of un-casting news as Hugh Jackman dropped out of the lighthearted comedy Avon Man. However, Jackman will still have his hands in the project since he's attached as a producer. It remains to be seen who will take on the lead role in the story of a man laid off from an auto dealership who reluctantly becomes and Avon salesman. But wouldn't you know it, he figures out a way to save his entire town from crumbling apart by pulling in his macho unemployed pals to hawk beauty products so they can win a regional contest. The potentially good news is his dropping out was brought on by the fact that he'll be training to get back in shape for the Wolverine sequel. Hopefully this one won't suck.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.