Casting Tidbits: Dana Carvey, Olivia Wilde and Liev Schreiber
by Ethan Anderton
October 4, 2010
This is my Eiffel Tower. This is my Rachmaninoff's Third. My Casting Tidbits. It's completely elegant, it's bafflingly beautiful, and it's capable of reducing the population of any standing structure to zero. I call it "The Ex-Wife." First up, Olivia Wilde doesn't look to be making a return to Fox's medical drama "House M.D." anytime soon as The Wrap reports the actress has lined up yet another film role. Wilde has landed a role in the film formerly known as I'm.mortal where she'll play Justin Timberlake's character's mother. Though she's only 3 years younger in real-life, in the film aging stops at 25, so it's not as crazy as it sounds. More casting below!
Second, comedian Dana Carvey is returning to the big screen after an eight-year absence. On Live with Regis and Kelly (via ComingSoon), it was revealed that Carvey has a sort of cameo in Adam Sandler's dual-role romantic comedy Jack and Jill. Philbin is also featured in the film, playing himself, as his agent Jack (Sandler) books him a terrible Pepto-Bismol commercial. In the commercial Carvey plays a crazy puppeteer controlling a giant stomach with a face that interacts with Philbin. Oh, how I would love for Dana Carvey to make a comeback to comedy. He was always one of the best cast members of "SNL" and both Wayne's World films are a couple of my favorite comedies. Since his last film was Master of Disguise, his career can only get better.
Next, The Wrap reports Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) have joined the indie hockey comedy Goon. The film follows a bouncer (Seann William Scott) who joins a rag-tag hockey team and inspires them to greatness and Jay Baruchel (who also wrote the script with Evan Goldberg) is already signed on to play his best friend. Though it's not revealed what role Schreiber will play, Pill has snagged the lead female role in the comedy from director Michael Dowse (It's All Gone Pete Tong) which is inspired by Dough Smitth and Adam Frattasio's book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey.
Finally, Variety reports Thomas Haden Church has joined the dark comedy Killer Joe alongside Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch. William Friedkin (The Exorcist) is directing the story which follows a brother (Hirsch) who, along with his sister, plot the death of their mother for insurance money and hire "Killer Joe" Cooper (McConaughey) to get the job done. Tracy Letts is writing the screenplay based on his own play.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.