Casting Tidbits: Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti and David Tennant
by Ethan Anderton
November 15, 2010
You're wrong, Frank. I'm not a kid, I'm a Casting Tidbit. I am gonna get you better, and then I'm gonna beat you to death! First, Variety reports the lovely Emma Stone and director Will Gluck, who just collaborated on Easy A, will work with Screen Gems again for another still untitled comedy. Though no details are known about the new project, this will actually be the third time that the director and actress have worked together since Stone also appears in Gluck's raunchy sex comedy Friends with Benefits. However, it is unclear how soon this project will get off the ground with Stone set to play Gwen Stacy in the new Spider-Man franchise.
Second, Deadline reports Paul Giamatti has snagged a role in The Hangover 2. Plenty of casting controversy has surrounded the project, but Giamatti joins new cast members like Jamie Chung and Liam Neeson alongside original stars Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifiakakis and Justin Bartha. In addition, and this ventures into cameo spoiler territory so read no further if you don't wish to know that according to TMZ, former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, has apparently shot a small cameo in the comedy sequel. I guess we'll find out next year.
Next, Variety reports David Tennant ("Doctor Who") will star in BBC's soccer film United, the true story of Manchester United's Busby Babes, the youngest team to win the English soccer league before eight players died in the Munich air crash of 1958. Though the role of Matt Busby is yet to be cast, Tennant will play coach Jimmy Murphy. In addition, Jack O'Connell ("Skins") has landed the role of Bobby Charlton and Sam Clafin will play Duncan Edwards, a player who dies 15 days after the plane crash. James Strong ("Doctor Who") is directing from Chris Chibnall's ("Law & Order: UK") script.
Also, Variety reports that Colin Farrell, who was previously a frontrunner for the role, has officially been offered the lead role in the remake of Total Recall. Farrell beat out Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender for the role once portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Len Wiseman will direct from Kurt Wimmer's script adapted from Philip K. Dick's story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. It should be quite interesting to see how this remake pans out, especially for those who think the original is fine just the way it is.
In addition, we reported back in October that Rachel Weisz would star in a semi-improvised film from Humpday writer/director Lynn Shelton. However, Variety reports Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married) will be replacing Weisz in the story about a man (Mark Duplass) who comes between two sisters to be played by DeWitt and Blunt. It's unclear why Weisz was unable to do the film, but perhaps it has something to do with a potential role in The Dark Knight Rises, or one of her other previously reported projects.
Finally, some uncasting news as Jane Lynch has told THR that she has not been offered a role in The Muppets as was previously reported. The "Glee" actress says, "I'm not doing the Muppets movie. They haven't asked me. I would do it if they asked me." Maybe Lynch is simply on a wish list for the film, but they haven't come around to asking her to take the role just yet. She would be a great addition to the cast, and would make for some great fun with the whole Muppet gang, so I'm hoping she eventually gets on board.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.