Casting Tidits: Anna Faris, Liv Tyler, Ryan Gosling and More
by Ethan Anderton
March 8, 2010
They call me Mister Casting Tidbits! First up, Variety reports Anna Faris (Observe & Report) and Chris Evans (The Losers) are set to star in What's Your Number?, a new comedy from director Mark Mylod ("Entourage") which focuses on a woman who decides to re-visit her ex-boyfriends in the hopes of finding the man of her dreams with the help of her womanizing next door neighbor. What a terrible idea both in real-life practice and in cinematic narrative. Script is based on Karyn Bosnak's (who wrote her own draft) book 20 Times a Lady and has had some rewrites from Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan. Read on!
Next, Variety also reports that the recently announced third installment of Martin Lawrence's "comedy" series Big Momma's House has also placed Jessica Lucas (of Cloverfield and the new "Melrose Place") as the new female lead opposite Lawrence and Brandon T. Jackson. Remember, this necessary sequel will have FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Lawrence) and his 17-year-old nephew Trent (Jackson), who go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Posing as Big Momma and Charmaine, they must find the murderer before he finds them. How has no one died from seeing these movies yet?
Next, THR reports Liv Tyler (The Strangers), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Terrence Howard (Iron Man) and Charlie Hunnam (Children of Men) have all joined The Ledge, an interesting isolated feature that focuses on a man (Hunnam) standing on a high-rise ledge who insists he will jump by noon as the cop below (Howard) tries to manage the situation. The film comes from newcomer Matthew Chapman, who also wrote the screenplay, and who says that The Ledge "examines the different and sometimes dangerous beliefs people adopt as a means of surviving emotional trauma." Actually, this doesn't sound half-bad.
Finally, Variety says Ryan Gosling will star along with Steve Carell in the new yet-to-be-titled comedy about a father dealing with a marital crisis. He will play a suave best friend of Carell's character, whose life unravels as he tries to manage his relationship with his children. Directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, the duo behind such films as I Love You Phillip Morris and Bad Santa, are directing from a spec script by Dan Fogelman (Cars, Fred Claus). Seems like an interesting combination of talent, and for a script that netted a nearly $2 million deal, they better not screw it up.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way!