Casting Tidbits: Malin Akerman, Kate Bosworth, Kevin James
by Ethan Anderton
September 17, 2010
In a comic, you know how you can tell who the arch-villain's going to be? He's the exact opposite of the hero, and most time's they're friends, like you and me. I should've known way back when. You know why, David? Because of the kids. They called me Mr. Glass. First up, Variety reports the beautiful Malin Akerman has landed an unknown role in the Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd led romantic comedy Wanderlust. Ken Marino, veteran of "The State," wrote the script with Rudd while David Wain (Role Models) will direct. The film tells the story of a married couple (Rudd and Aniston) trying to escape the city life for a counterculture existence.
Second,Variety also has word that Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) and Krysten Ritter (She's Out of My League) are leading the indie comedy BFF and Baby. The story follows two best friends who fight to maintain normalcy in their lives after one of them (Ritter's character) gets pregnant and has a baby. Interestingly enough Ritter also co-wrote the script with the film's director Kat Coiro.This is an interesting choice for Bosworth who hasn't had a film released since 21, but perhaps a turn in comedy with Ritter will do her some good.
Finally, for those of you who love torture, Variety also reports Kevin James has a new untitled project set up at Sony. The story follows a physics teacher (James) who moonlights as a martial arts fighter to save his school's music program. If Beverly Hills Ninja wasn't enough to make you throw up (even Chris Farley said he was ashamed of that movie), then this is your lucky day. This will be the second film James has completed with Sony after the cinematic masterpiece Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Grown Ups the stupid pseudo-remake of The Big Chill. The only saving grace is that Allan Loeb (The Switch, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) is writing the script.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.