Casting Tidbits: Bradley Cooper, Amanda Seyfried & Michael Caine
by Ethan Anderton
February 10, 2011
I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of Casting Tidbits; Tidbits I have acquired over a very long career. Tidbits that make me a nightmare for people like you. First up, Variety reports Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons will star in The Words. The film will mark the directorial debut of Tron Legacy writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal (who also wrote the script) and follows a writer (Cooper) who, at the peak of his literary success, discovers the price he must pay for stealing another man's work.
Second, THR has word from the European Film Market that Amanda Seyfried will star in the thriller Gone. Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment are behind the film which tells the story of a young woman named Jill (Seyfried) who returns home from her night shift to find her sister's bed empty. She's convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years before has come back to finish the job, but the police do not believe Jill, who knows time is running out. With no one to turn to, she sets off to find her sister and face her abductor once and for all. Brazilian director Heitor Dhalia will make his English-language debut with the film scripted by Allison Burnett (Resurrecting the Champ).
Next, Variety reports Michael Caine will lead Mr. Morgan's Last Love, an adaptation of Francoise Dorner's French novel La Douceur Assassine. Sandra Nettelbeck wrote the script and will direct the film which tells the story of a retired and widowed American philosophy professor in Paris whose life is changed when he meets a much younger woman, and a special relationship develops between the two. Caine will shoot the film after completing production in The Dark Knight Rises, but it's not specified who will play his female counterpart.
Finally, Variety reports Stephen Dorff (Somewhere) will join Emile Hirsch in The Motel Life from producers Alan and Gabriel Polsky who will be making their directorial debut. The story, an adaptation of Willy Valutin's novel of the same name, follows a pair of working-class brothers who flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way!