Casting Tidbits: Paul Rudd, Kiefer Sutherland & Chloe Moretz
by Ethan Anderton
June 2, 2010
If by my life or death I can protect you, I will. You have my sword. And you have my bow. And my Casting Tidbits. First up, THR reports that Paul Rudd has signed on to star as the title sibling in the Jesse Peretz ("Important Things with Demetri Martin") directed indie comedy My Idiot Brother. Rudd will play an idealist dealing with his overbearing mother who crashes into the homes of his three ambitious sisters and, in succession, brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc. Keeping things in the family, the script comes from Evgenia Peretz, the director's sister. More news ahead!
Second, Variety says that Adam Beach will star in Cowboys & Aliens alongside Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano. In the story of a group of Apache Indians and Western settlers who resolve to patch up their differences and join forces when an alien spaceship crash-lands in their city, Beach will play Nat Colorado, a half-Apache who works for Woodrow Dollarhyde (Ford). This cast combined with Jon Favreau behind the camera working from a Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof written script just gives me all sorts of goosebumps.
Also, Variety reports that Chloe Moretz, who kicked asses in Kick-Ass, will star in the Derick Martini (Lymelife) directed indie coming-of-age-comedy Hick, an adaptation of Andrea Portes' novel of the same name. Continuing her knack for choosing mature and interesting roles, Moretz will play the lead character, a 13-year-old Nebraska girl, who gets more than she bargained for when she runs away to Las Vegas. Portes adapted her own debut novel for the script and with Moretz and Martini attached, this will likely be quite an interesting story.
Next, THR announces that Katia Winter (Malice in Wonderland) has signed on as the female lead with Kellan Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson in Deathgames, the story of a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of modern gladiator fighting, in which men battle to the death for entertainment of the online masses in games orchestrated by Jackson. Winter's character is succinctly described as "a duplicitous succubus" employed by Jackson to lure potential gladiators. But wouldn't you know it, she eventually falls in love with Lutz and helps him attempt to overcome the dangers inside the gladiator arena.
In addition, Variety reports Hope Davis (Synecdoche, New York), James Rebhorn (Independence Day) and TV actress Olga Fonda have joined Shawn Levy's robot boxing flick Real Steel. However, we don't know what roles each actor will take on in this story about a former boxer (Hugh Jackman) who gets one last shot at a comeback in the world of robot boxing when he teams with his long-lost son to train the perfect contender for the high-tech sport. Evangeline Lily, Kevin Durand and Anthony Mackie are also co-starring.
Finally, along with some first photos of the production, STYD reports that Kiefer Sutherland is in talks to join the werewolf flick Growl once he finishes shooting Lars Von Trier's Melancholia. The story follows a traveling underground fight club called 'The Brawlers' who arrive at a derelict ghost town tucked away in the Colorado Rockies. They meet the town's only residents, the Maxilla family, who want to buy on to the fight card, but the Maxilla family's true intentions for the Brawler crew is soon revealed in teeth and claws as they are discovered to be a pack of werewolves. I guess the first rule of Fight Club will be changed to, "Don't get killed by werewolves."
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.