Casting Tidbits: Rachel McAdams, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Biel
by Ethan Anderton
March 4, 2010
Casting Tidbits! You know, for kids. First up, from THR, we've got news that Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes, The Time Traveler's Wife) has been cast in Woody Allen's next, untitled film that already has Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard aboard. Thanks to Allen's neurotic sensibilities, we'll be getting casting news like this for a little while as we wait to hear any information about the story, characters or hell, even a title. Of course, I still can't wait to see what he's going to do with yet another fantastic assembly of talent. After all, Rachel McAdams is definitely on my list of actresses I really want to… play cards with. Read on!
Next, Variety reports Iron Man 2 villain Mickey Rourke will take on yet another evil role as King Hyperion, in War of the Gods, the Greek mythology action flick which already stars Freida Pinto and Henry Cavill. The story follows a young warrior, Theseus, who leads his men into battle with the immortal Greek gods to defeat evil elder gods of the Titans in order to save mankind. Tarsem Singh is directing from the most recent draft of the script from Jason Keller and it sounds like a potentially awesome project, albeit, one that is a little too reminiscent of the feel of Clash of the Titans.
Also, we just heard Robert DeNiro will be starring along with Bradley Cooper in The Dark Fields, but ComingSoon received an unconfirmed tip that Elizabeth Banks (Zack and Miri Make a Porno) may be in talks to play the female lead opposite Cooper in the thriller thriller about a NYC writer who comes into possession of a designer drug that gives him newfound intelligence and success. German filmmaker Neil Burger, who directed The Illusionist starts shooting this one in May with a script from Leslie Dixon (Hairspray, The Heartbreak Kid) which is based on Alan Glynn's novel of the same name. This Casting Tidbits is just full of actresses I want to play cards with!
And finally, another scoop from ComingSoon has learned there's a chance Jessica Biel will be working with her Valentine's Day director Garry Marshall yet again in a remake of Frank Capra's 1948 political drama State of the Union about a businessman who must reunite with his estranged wife in order to improve his campaign run for the President of the United States. Richard Gere plays the businessman in question from a script by Rod Lurie (who also wrote the politically charged The Contender) and there's talk of Annette Bening playing his wife, but no word on what role Biel would play or if this will turn out to be Marshall's next project.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way!