Casting Tidbits: Paul Reubens, Sean Astin, Bryce Dallas Howard
by Ethan Anderton
April 28, 2010
You don't know the power of the Casting Tidbits! First, Deadline reports that Bryce Dallas Howard has joined the cast of The Help, an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel. The film, which already has Emma Stone and Viola Davis attached in key roles, will be written and directed by Tate Taylor and tells the story of a young journalist who comes home to write a tell-all of what it was like to be an African-American maid in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi. Howard would play the antagonistic role of Hilly Holbrook, the beehive hairdo-wearing busybody who is cruel to the black maids and just generally rubs everyone the wrong way.
Next, Variety reports that Sean Astin and Cheri Oteri have both joined a horse racing comedy (what the heck?) called And They're Off…, which follows a failed horse trainer desperately trying to get back into the winners circle. Also starring in this is Martin Mull, Mo Collins and Kevin Nealon. The comedy will be directed by Rob Schiller ("King of Queens," "Two and a Half Men") from a script by Alan Grossbard. Real-life horse trainers Bob Baffert and Doug O'Neill will play themselves in the movie too.
In addition, Deadline reports that Paul Reubens, who has enjoyed an interesting comeback with his recent live shows featuring his cult classic character Pee-wee Herman, has now signed on to provide his voice for "Jokey" Smurf in the live-action/CGI adaptation of The Smurfs. He joins quite an impressive assembly of talent so far, for such a terrible idea for a movie, which already includes Neil Patrick Harris, George Lopez, Quentin Tarantino, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Jonathan Winters, Michael Cera and Jayma Mays. Thanks, but I've had enough blue creatures for the next decade I think.
Also, STYD reports that Kelly McGillis, Sara Paxton, George Riddle and Pat Healy have joined the cast of The Innkeepers, the next horror flick from House of the Devil director Ti West. After over one hundred years in business, The Yankee Pedlar Hotel is about to close its doors for good. The last remaining clerks, Claire (Paxton), a twenty something that has come to terms with her lot in life, and Luke (Healy), a computer-smart loner, are convinced that the hotel is haunted and are determined to prove it. As time ticks down to the final days of operation, mysterious guests check in including Leanne Rease-Jones (McGillis), a former TV actress turned psychic, and an old man insistent on staying in Room 353. As several strange occurrences begin to add up, both Claire and Luke must make the crucial decision on what to believe and what not to believe.
Finally, Deadline reports Ice Cube will join Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster in Rampart, a crime drama from director Oren Moverman (The Messenger) about the widespread corruption in the anti-gang unit of the LAPD's Rampart Division in the late 90's. Based on a story by James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia), the film will follow a single police officer during the scandal in which more than 70 officers were implicated in misconduct including unprovoked shootings, beatings, planting of evidence, framing of suspects, stealing and dealing narcotics, bank robbery, perjury and covering up evidence. Cube will play a homicide detective sent to investigate a dirty cop (Harrelson).
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.