Casting Bits: Benicio del Toro, Jennifer Garner and Samantha Morton
by Ethan Anderton
March 28, 2011
The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of Casting Tidbits as they moved through the computer. What did they look like? Ships, motorcycles? Were the circuits like freeways? I kept dreaming of a world I thought I'd never see. And then, one day...I got in. First up, Deadline has word that Benicio del Toro has joined Oliver Stone's adaptation of Don Winslow's novel Savages. The story follows a love triangle between two marijuana growers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) and a beautiful female accomplice, but things get complicated when drug cartel thugs (including del Toro) kidnap and hold her for ransom.
Second, Deadline reports Jennifer Garner will lead a reboot of Miss Marple, the Agatha Christie mystery series about an elderly spinster who solved mysteries cracked crimes in her spare time. The series usually sees Miss Marple as a much older woman, but this new version from writer Mark Frost (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surver) will see the unlikely crime fighter in her 30's or 40's. The character has appeared in 12 novels so there's plenty of material for a feature film, and maybe even a new franchise for Disney.
Finally, THR reports Samantha Morton (Minority Report) and Sarah Gadon (Charlie Bartlett) will join Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel Cosmopolis. Though we heard Marion Cotillard was going to star in the film originally (back when Colin Farrell was still attached) Gadon will be taking the lead female role instead as the estranged wife of Pattinson's character. She just finished working with Cronenberg on A Dangerous Method with Viggo Mortensen, so her casting isn't surprising. Meanwhile Morton's role hasn't yet been revealed, though she joins fellow European actors Mathieu Amalric and Juliette Binoche who also have supporting roles in the film
That's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits! Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way!