Casting Tidbits: Amanda Seyfried, Chloe Moretz & Many More
by Ethan Anderton
March 16, 2010
Forget it, Jake. It's Casting Tidbits. After hearing about "adult" casting for Martin Scorsese's adaptation of the children's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, we now have kids joining the cast as Deadline New York says Chloe Moretz (500 Days of Summer, Kick-Ass) and Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) have signed on for the story of 12-year old Hugo Cabret (Butterfield, above right), an orphan, who lives in the walls of a Paris train station in 1930. Moretz will be playing the lead female role of an eccentric, bookish girl named Isabelle who enters Cabret's life while he tries to solve the mystery of a broken robot.
Next, Deadline New York also learned Amanda Seyfried (Jennifer's Body), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Mission: Impossible 3) and Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean films) will star in Albert Nobbs, a drama following a woman (Glenn Close) who poses as a man in order to find work and survive in 19th Century Ireland. She becomes enmeshed in an unusual love triangle. After 20 years of gender-faking, she finds herself confined to a prison of her own making. Michael Gambon and Janet McTeer also star in the film that has every bit of calling back to Yentyl or even further back to Twelfth Night from Shakespeare.
Rodrigo Garcia is directing from a script which Close also wrote with author John Banville, based on a short story by Irish author George Moore. Is it more mean or sad that Close just might be more convincing as a man (especially if you've seen her uncredited cameo in Hook as the pirate who gets tossed into the boo box).
Also, THR reports DreamWorks has found Hugh Jackman's child sidekick for Real Steel (which is set in a future world where robot-boxing is all the rage) the story of a a former boxer (Jackman) who gets a shot at redemption when he teams up with his long lost son to train an unusual robot for a shot at the championships. Playing Jackman's "long lost son" will be 11-year-old Canadian television star Dakota Goyo (pictured here), who also starred in Resurrecting the Champ, won the part after a huge public casting call, seeing kids in Chicago and New York until they found Goyo. Wait, Canada has television?
Finally, Variety reports that the Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp led film The Tourist has rounded out its supporting cast with the likes of British actors Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code, Legion) and Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, A Knight's Tale). Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the Julian Fellowes, Christopher McQuarrie and Jeffrey Nachmanoff-written remake (of Anthony Zimmer) revolves around an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart who is caught in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger when he pursues a romance with a woman who deliberately crosses his path. Just like a woman to bring you into intrigue and danger when you show the slightest bit of interest.
That's it for this edition of Casting Tidbits! Stay tuned for even more casting news coming down the line!