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Casting Tidbits: Naomi Watts, Mickey Rourke and J.B. Smoove

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October 12, 2010

Watts / Rourke / Smoove

I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and the blackest eyes; the devil's eyes. I spent 8 years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply… Casting Tidbits! First up, MTV sat down for an interview with Naomi Watts who revealed that she's probably not going to be in Eastern Promises 2. Director David Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen are returning, but Watts says, "I don't think I'm in it. Nobody called, so I guess they recast or maybe created a new role for a more attractive, younger girl." Ouch.

Second, The Wrap reports Mickey Rourke and German actor Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds) will join Jeffrey Dean Morgan in director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) action film The Courier. Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma) wrote the script which sees Morgan as a courier who has tackled dangerous assignments and never missed a drop. He's hired to deliver a briefcase to a notorious crime boss who can't be found. The courier finds himself pursued by corrupt cops, double-crossing feds and rivals from the criminal underworld. It's not clear what role Rourke will play, but the crime boss role is probably a good guess. Meanwhile, Schweiger (who also just landed a role in the action comedy This Means War with Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) will play an FBI agent.

Next, The Wrap has also learned J.B. Smoove ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) have joined the cast of David Gordon Green's comedy The Sitter. The story follows Jonah Hill as a college dropout who agrees to help out his mom by babysitting her friend's three mischievous kids. He reluctantly scores some drugs for a girl -- taking the children along for the ride -- but when the deal goes bad, the night turns into a wild chase through Manhattan, where Hill proves to be a better babysitter than anyone expected. Basically an R-rated Adventures in Babysitting set in NYC. Records plays one of the troublemaking kids while Smoove plays one of two drug dealers in the craziness.

Also, The Wrap reports Alan Arkin has joined the cast of Buttercup, an indie from director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and writer Alice O'Neil. Arkin will play a grossly irresponsible father who, in the wake of his wife's death, decides to get his life back on track with the help of his slightly neurotic daughter (Jennifer Aniston).

Finally, ComingSoon has discovered that Christopher Lambert is in talks to take a role in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The actor apparently mentioned his talks on the official Facebook page for "Highlander," though he didn't reveal what character he might play. If all goes well he'll join Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth in the Neveldine and Taylor directed sequel.

Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.

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  • DuirMan
    "I guess they recast or maybe created a new role for a more attractive, younger girl." uh... younger I understand, but i think Watts is still plenty attractive.
  • Cracky
    Naomi's quote was kind of saddening. I'm sure she's professional about it, but I was hoping she'd reprise her role. I also think she is still attractive. EP2 should be ultra excellent, anyhow. Lol, also the Halloween quote made me laugh. Nice one.
  • Janny
    The story ark of Anna (Naomi Watts) in Eastern Promises came to a conclusion. The open questions, which warrants a sequel, is how Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen) is going to continue his rise in power to take down the mob. So I don't see it as a big deal that Watts won't be back and look forward to a sequal as the first was a very fine crime drama/thriller.
  • Xerxex
    She's not really needed for EP2.

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