Casting Tidbits: Michael Madsen, Marcia Cross & Ralph Fiennes
by Ethan Anderton
July 9, 2010
They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the Casting Tidbits are down, these civilized people, they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve. First up, Variety reports Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Sin City) will lead the indie zombie flick Infected, with a story that focuses on a father and son who have to fight to survive against a deadly, rapidly spreading blood virus. Sounds like typical zombie fare, and something tells me Madsen doesn't exactly carefully select his projects since he has around 30 projects that are either in pre/post production or currently filming and that's insane.
Next, Variety confirms what we'd heard earlier regarding casting for spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy with one exception. Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender are indeed signed on to star in Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John Le Carre's 1974 novel of the same name, but it seems David Thewlis (who was negotiating at the time) has been replaced with Ralph Fiennes. As much as I love Thewlis and his unique choices is roles, Fiennes is a fine replacement in my book. The story takes place in the Cold War following a spy hunt within the highest echelons of the British Secret Intelligence Service. Peter Morgan wrote the screenplay which has been referred to as the "anti-James Bond."
Finally, Variety reports Marcia Cross ("Desperate Housewives") will star opposite Milla Jovovich in the indie drama Bringing Up Bobby. Actress Fake Janssen (X-Men) is making her feature directorial debut working from a script which she also wrote herself. The film tells the story of a European con artist and her 10-year-old son who find themselves in Oklahoma in an effort to escape her past and build a better future. The two move quite successfully through a myriad of adventures until the mother's criminal past catches up with her. Cross plays a woman who's able to deal with the loss of her own child by becoming the adoptive mother of the son, and Bill Pullman plays her husband.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.