Casting Tidbits: Thomas Jane, Heather Graham and Kali Hawk
by Ethan Anderton
July 1, 2010
I don't wanna to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of Casting Tidbits. First, THR reports Thomas Jane will join Miley Cyrus, Ashley Greene and Demi Moore in the film LOL, a remake of the 2009 French film Laughing Out Loud. Jane will play the father in the story of a teenage girl (Cyrus) who is dumped by her more sexually experienced boyfriend while her divorcee mother (Moore) struggles to move on with her life. Ashley Hinshaw (who I just realized went to my high school) and George Finn have also joined the cast.
Second, Variety reports Heather Graham, who hasn't found any real solid career ground since The Hangover, will star in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, based on the popular children's book series. She will play zany Aunt Opal, a globe-trotting, somewhat nutty personality who babysits Judy and Judy's brother Stink for the summer. Aliens in the Attic director John Schultz is helming the family film. The series follows the humorous adventures of third-grader Judy Moody. Wacky!
Next, THR reports Kali Hawk (Get Him to the Greek, Couples Retreat) has signed on to star in the Kristen Wiig wedding comedy Bridesmaids. The story follows a maid of honor trying to please the snobby, rich bridesmaids at every wedding event before her best friend's nuptials. Hawk will be playing one of the wealthy bridesmaids and Rose Byrne and Maya Rudolph will be in the mix with her. Paul Feig is writing with collaborator Judd Apatow producing.
Also, THR reports Stephen Bishop (The Rundown) has signed on to star as baseball player David Justice in Moneyball, the adaptation of Michael Lewis' 2003 non-fiction book about Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane and his strategy for building a successful team without paying players enormous salaries. Written by screenwriting heavyweights Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian and directed by Bennett Miller, the baseball drama also stars Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Sounds like a damn good flick to me.
Finally, THR reports Angela Bassett has joined the cast of Jumping the Broom, an ensemble wedding comedy from Salim Akil ("The Game"). The story follows the clash of two black families from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum meeting for the first time during a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard. The film (which can only be helped by a lack of Tyler Perry) also stars Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine and Romeo Miller.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.