Casting Tidbits: Abigail Breslin, Joel Edgerton & Jamie Chung
by Ethan Anderton
November 2, 2010
Anyway, I think I'd be a great class president. So, who wants to eat chiminichangas next year? Not me. See, with me it will be summer all year long. Vote for Summer. First up, Variety reports Abigail Breslin (Zombieland) has joined the slowly growing ensemble cast of New Year's Eve, the pseudo-sequel to the romantic comedy Valentine's Day. No details are known on her character at this point, but the film itself is supposed to be set in New York and will follow intertwining stories of characters trying to navigate their way through romance on New Year's Eve. Breslin and "Glee" star Lea Michele are the only announced cast members so far.
Second, Heat Vision reports Joel Edgerton has signed to star opposite Jennifer Garner in The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Director Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life) will helm the film from a story by Ahmet Zappa about a couple unable to conceive (Edgerton and Garner) who bury their wishes for a baby in a box in their backyard. Some time later, they discover a child there, but the child is not all that it appears. Though this has the potential to be a peculiar thriller, I'm betting the film will actually take the form of a whimsical sort of parable.
Next, though she'll be kicking asses (and looking good while doing so) early next year in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, Variety reports Jamie Chung has landed a small role in The Hangover 2. She'll be playing Stu's (Ed Helms) new fiance (which likely explains why Heather Graham isn't returning for the sequel. The production has been the talk of the town recently with a denial of a cameo role to shunned actor Mel Gibson and quickly replacing him with Liam Neeson. Hopefully the sequel ends living up to people's already high standards.
Also, Deadline reports Ed Harris has joined the cast of Summit Entertainment's thriller Man on a Ledge starring Sam Worthington. Titus Welliver (The Man in Black from "Lost") has also signed on for the film which follows a disgraced ex-cop who threatens to jump off the ledge of a building, while his brother pulls a heist nearby. Harris will play a powerful businessman who is integral to the plot while Welliver plays a tough Bronx detective in charge of the crime scene. The two join a cast that already includes Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell and Anthony Mackie.
Finally, Variety reports Christian Slater, Stephen Dorff, Wes Bentley and Kate Maberly have joined Rites of Passage, the directorial debut of screenwriter Peter Iliff (Patriot Games). Also written by Iliff, the story follows an anthropology bookworm who laments his place in a society that lacks a ceremony to mark his transition into manhood and leads his hard-partying, stressed-out classmates to his family's abandoned ranch where his brother lives in a psychotic world of drugs, guilt and Chumash Indian rituals. Slater will play the brother while Bentley will play his drug-addled sidekick.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.