Casting Tidbits: Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone, Kevin Bacon
by Ethan Anderton
April 15, 2010
Once these Casting Tidbits hit 88 miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit. First up, THR reports Kevin Bacon has joined the cast of the new Steve Carell dramatic vehicle from writer Dan Fogelman, which started out untitled, was suddenly being called Crazy, Stupid Love, and is now back to being untitled. The story centers on Carell, whose wife (Julianne Moore) wants a divorce. To salvage their marriage, he uses a slick life coach (Ryan Gosling) to reform him. Bacon will play a co-worker of Moore's, an alpha male who begins an affair with her. I can definitely seeing Bacon stealing some poor man's wife and loving it.
Next, Variety reports Viola Davis (Doubt) is in talks to star in The Help, the adaptation of the Kathryn Stockett novel of the same name about African-American domestic servants and their wealthy white employers in pre-Civil Rights era Mississippi. Tate Taylor wrote the script and will direct. Davis will play the role of Aibileen, the maid, while Emma Stone is still in talks to play Eugenia Skeeter Phelan a young aspiring writer just home from college who returns home with the intention of writing a tell-all book, fueled by the stories of the servants.
Next up, Production Weekly reports via Twitter that the gorgeous Eva Longoria Parker will star in a supernatural horror film called Tenement which will start shooting next month in New York. Directed by former choreographer Franc. Reyes, the project is said to have comparisons to The Exorcist. From Reyes himself: "Telling the story of Tenement fuses The Exorcist, Amityville Horror and Rosemary’s Baby." But we don't know anything else about the story or the project besides those basic details.
And the last tidbit is a big one as Movieline reports Olivia Wilde and Alicia Silverstone have joined the cast of the satirical comedy Butter, while Variety adds that Hugh Jackman has also been tossed into the mix as well. The film tells the story of a young orphan girl who, after being adopted by a Midwestern family, discovers that she has an incredible talent for butter-carving. She eventually finds herself up against the ambitious wife (Garner) of the retired reigning champion in a town's annual butter-sculpting contest.
We're a little confused by the previous casting news because we thought Corddry was taking the role of Garner's husband, but it looks like Ty Burrell is playing the former butter carving champion husband, while Wilde will play his mistress, a tattooed stripper with a Betty Page hairdo. So we're no sure exactly who Corddry's character is in all this. Meanwhile, Jackman portrays an old flame of Garner's character, while Silverstone will play the adoptive mother of a teen girl who becomes a major contender in the butter-carving competition. So there you have it.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.