Casting Tidbits: Alexis Bledel, Guy Pearce and Carla Gugino
by Ethan Anderton
September 22, 2010
One more gun goes off and I'll give the Casting Tidbits myself. Understand? Don't think you've bought anything by asking me to come here. Because you need to remember I am a stranger to you. You have no idea what I'm capable of. First up, Variety confirms what's we'd heard just last week as Alexis Bledel (Sin City, "Gilmore Girls") will join Saoirse Ronan as the teenage assassins Violet & Daisy. The story sees the pair lured into what is supposed to be just another quick and easy job, only to find complications as the man they're supposed to kill is not what they expected. Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher is directing.
Second, THR reports Guy Pearce (Memento) and Cloris Leachman (The Women) have joined Mis-Fits, an original comedy which will mark the directorial debut of playwright L.D. Napier (who also wrote the screenplay herself). The story, which will start filming in May, follows a "necro-detective" who goes in search of people's lost, dead relatives. Producer Doug Claybourne of Make It Happen Productions says, "It's a wacky comedy in the tone of Harold and Maude." Catalina Sandino Moreno (Twilight: Eclipse), Seymour Cassel (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) and Virginie Ledoyen (The Beach) have also joined the cast.
Next, Variety reports Carla Gugino has signed on to star opposite Jim Carrey in the adaptation of the classic children's book Mr. Popper's Penguins. Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls), the film follows Mr. Popper, a high-powered New York buisness man, who suddenly inherits six penguins. Taking care of the animals is no easy matter, and he quickly hits major hurtles, both at home and at work. But along the way, he learns the value of family and friendship. This is obviously a hard R-rated action flick family comedy.
Finally, THR reports Leslie Mann (Funny People), wife of comedy director Judd Apatow, has landed one of the lead female roles in The Change-Up. Olivia Wilde was just cast last week in the story that will see Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds in a classic body switch story where a responsible family man (Bateman) trades bodies with his lazy, man-child of a best friend (Reynolds). Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin will helm the comedy from writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover).
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.