Casting Tidbits: Jason Sudeikis, Cary Elwes, Tim Blake Nelson
by Ethan Anderton
May 27, 2010
Tina, you fat lard, come get some Casting Tidbits! First up, Risky Biz reports that "Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis in the Seth Gordon (Four Christmases) directed comedy Horrible Bosses. Sudeikis joins Charlie Day and Jason Bateman as the last of a trio of friends who conspire to kill each others' bosses. Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston have already been cast as two of the three targeted bosses; Aniston will play a sexually aggressive dentist and Farrell will play a weaselly recipient of his father's business after his death. Jamie Foxx is also in this as some kind of obscenely named scam artist helping the guys plot their murders.
Second,Variety reports Tim Blake Nelson has joined an indie bank heist comedy called Flypaper. In a strange combination of talent behind the camera, this comedy will be directed Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who wrote The Hangover. Nelson plays a character called Peanut Butter in a story that follows an idiotic team of burglars who receive an inside tip to crack a bank ATM, but they have way too many explosives.
Next, Variety also repots that Cary Elwes has joined the cast of Ivan Reitman's sex comedy formerly known as Friends with Benefits. Still awaiting a new title (since so many other projects in development have the same working title - and this project didn't win the approval to use that title) the story follows two longterm friends (Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman) who try to have a purely sexual relationship without falling in love. Elwes will play a physician who works with Portman's character and develops a flirtatious relationship.
Additionally, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that another young actress has joined the cast of Scream 4 to be slayed like the rest of the attractive people that Wes Craven has brought together. Emma Roberts, seen in Nancy Drew, Wild Child, Lymelife, and Hotel for Dogs, will join Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Lake Bell, Hayden Panettiere, Ashley Greene and Rory Culkin. "I'm so excited to be part of this ground-breaking franchise," she says. "It's the perfect opportunity for me to do something completely different than I've ever done before." Craven adds: "Emma's talent, beauty, and range will add immensely to the sophistication, intensity, and fun of the Scream franchise as it returns to the screen once more."
Finally, a little bit of un-casting news as People reports Mariah Carey has dropped out of Tyler Perry's adaptation of the 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Filming was supposed to begin next month, and its unclear if Carey's sudden departure from the project (which has not been explained, though the gossip mongers thing it's because the singer/actress is pregnant) will delay the start of production. Maybe she just found out how terrible Perry's films really are?
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.