Casting Tidbits: Keanu Reeves, Malin Akerman & Joel McHale
by Ethan Anderton
September 9, 2010
You better pray to the god of skinny punks that this wind doesn't pick up ’cause I'll come over there and jam an oar up your ass! First up, Deadline reports Voltage Pictures is following their Best Picture winning movie The Hurt Locker with a project called Generation Um. Mark Mann will write and direct the story starring Keanu Reeves as a man with two beautiful female companions as they spend a day immersing themselves in sex, drugs and indecision. Bojana Novakovic (Edge of Darkness) and Adelaide Clemens (Mad Max: Fury Road) take the two female roles as Voltage hopes the film picks up steam for awards season next year.
Meanwhile, in that same Deadline article announcing Generation Um, there's an extra tidbit of news that says Colin Farrell has fallen out of the Sheldon Turner directed drama By Virtue Fall. Both he and Eric Bana were interested back in June, but apparently weren't impressed with the paycheck that would come along with the work. While it's not entirely clear if Bana has stayed on board, apparently Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) is in talks to replace Farrell. However, Renner's recent casting in the next installment of the Mission Impossible franchise may prevent him from striking a deal.
Also, Variety reports Malin Akerman will join Ethan Hawke for the thriller The Numbers Station. Kasper Barfoed (The Candidate) will direct the film which follows a disgraced black ops agent (Hawke) tasked with a dead-end job of protecting a young woman (Akerman) in the middle of the Nevada desert. When the two come under attack, they have to fight to stay alive. The $10 million budgeted film is scheduled to shoot early next year with Hawke also producing through his Under the Influence Productions company. The film is is looking to get sold at the Toronto International Film Festival which is going on right now.
Next, Variety also reports the hilarious Joel McHale will join the cast of Spy Kids 4 (the franchise reboot) for director Robert Rodriguez. McHale will be playing a spy-hunting reporter who is married to Jessica Alba, the stepmother to his kids who actually become the new young spies. McHale has had small roles in films previously (including Spider-Man 2) but recent turns in The Informant and forthcoming films like What's Your Number? and The Big Year are pushing him towards a huge boost in his career. That's only good news for people who love McHale's comedic stylings and will be happy to see him get the career he deserves.
Finally, Variety reports that the lovely Christina Hendricks has taken a role in Nicolas Winding Refn's adaptation of James Sallis' novel Drive. Hendricks joins Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks in the story of a Hollywood stunt drive (Gosling) who moonlights as a getaway driver in L.A.'s criminal underworld. He finds himself a target after agreeing to aid the ex-con boyfriend of his beautiful neighbor (Mulligan) in a job that goes dangerously awry. The only way he can keep her safe and stay alive is to put the pedal to the metal.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.