Casting Tidbits: Emma Stone, Juno Temple, Kellan Lutz & More
by Ethan Anderton
March 23, 2010
Casting Tidbits never say die! First up, along with her last appearance in our Tidbits when she picked up a pivotal role in Crazy, Stupid Love, Deadline also reports that Emma Stone has also landed the lead role in The Help, an adaptation of the Kathryn Stockett novel of the same name about African-American domestic servants and their wealthy white employers in pre-Civil Rights era Mississippi. Tate Taylor wrote the script and will direct. Stone has been set to play Eugenia Skeeter Phelan a young aspiring writer just home from college who returns home with the intention of writing a tell-all book, fueled by the stories of the servants.
Next, Variety reports Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga, the new A Nightmare on Elm Street) has nabbed the role of of Poseidon, the God of the sea in Tarsem Singh's War of the Gods. Lutz joins Freida Pinto, Mickey Rourke, and Henry Cavill in the story of a young warrior who leads his men into battle with the immortal Greek gods to defeat evil elder gods of the Titans in order to save mankind. After Percy Jackson, the forthcoming Clash of the Titans and other similarly medieval/ancient sort of epics on the way, it's clear Greek mythology is the new hotness in Hollywood.
Also, THR reports Milla Jovovich, Dwight Yoakam and Mary Steenburgen round out the cast of Dirty Girl, the story of a high school tramp (Juno Temple) who runs away with the school's gay, fat kid in his homophobic dad's stolen car. They join other cast members Sally Hawkins as Temple's hopeless "reformed slut" mother Sue-Ann, as well as Willaim H. Macy as Sue Ann's easily shocked Mormon fiance, and Lisa Kudrow as the gay fat kid's mousy repressed mother in this story marking the directorial debut from Broadway choreographer turned director Abe Sylvia.
Finally, on a somewhat related note THR also reports Dirty Girl star Juno Temple (Greenberg, Year One) has snagged roles in two other upcoming projects. First one is Goodnight Moon, a drama from writer-director Elgin James, in which she'll star opposite AnnaSophia Robb. The film centers on two young girls who find themselves in trouble after they run away to Los Angeles. And second is Jack & Diane, a love story between two teenage girls, one of whom occasionally turns into a werewolf as a representation of all-consuming love and desire, but this Bradley Rust Gray script (which he's also directing) should not be considered a horror movie.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way!