Casting Tidbits: Josh Holloway, Rachel Bilson & Maggie Grace
by Ethan Anderton
September 29, 2010
Who cares about Derek Zoolander anyway? The man has only one look for Christ's sake! Blue Steel? Ferrari? Le Tigra? They're the same face! Doesn't anybody notice this? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! First RiskyBiz reports "Lost" actor Josh Holloway has landed a role in the next installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. In his first major film role since the conclusion of the hit ABC series, Holloway will play a member of Ethan Hunt's (Tom Cruise) IMF team. Director Brad Bird already has great cast including Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton, not to mention returning franchise cast members Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg.
Second, Variety reports Rachel Bilson (Jumper, "The O.C.") has joined the cast of the romantic comedy BFF and Baby along with Krysten Ritter and Kate Bosworth. Kat Coiro is making her directorial debut with the story about two best friends who fight to maintain normalcy in their lives after one of them (Ritter) gets pregnant and has a baby. Ritter wrote the script herself and production is slated to start in the middle of October.
Next, Variety reports Maggie Grace (Taken) has landed the role of a pivotal villain in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Grace will play Irina, a member of the treacherous Denali vampire coven. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is directing the two-part finale which will see Bella marrying the Edward, and later giving birth to a half-vampire, half-human daughter named Renesmee. The first film hits theaters in November of 2011 with the second part hitting the following year in the same month. Likely Twi-hards are already standing in line and crying.
Finally, Variety reports Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men") will join Justin Timberlake, Cilian Murphy and Amanda Seyfried in the film formerly known as I'm.mortal. The now untitled thriller focuses on a society where no one ages beyond 25, except for those rich enough to buy time. When a rebel (Timberlake) from the ghetto is falsely accused of murdering a wealthy man for his time, he is forced to go on the run with beautiful hostage (Seyfried). Kartheiser will play the father of Seyfried's character, who is forced to choose between the daughter he loves and the oppressive time system that has made him rich. Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) is directing from his own script.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.