Casting Tidbits: Brendan Gleeson, Diane Keaton and Richard Jenkins
by Ethan Anderton
February 8, 2011
Ma'am, I know you've done your homework and so you know that money isn't a big part of my life, but at the moment I could buy Mt. Auburn Street, take the Phoenix Club and turn it into my Casting Tidbits. First, The Wrap has news on several actors joining Daniel Espinosa's thriller Safe House, starring Ryan Reynolds as a CIA agent who has to protect a criminal (Denzel Washington) and get him safely to Washington after their safe house is attacked. Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges), Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans), Robert Patrick (Walk the Line) and Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down) have all landed roles in the film. Read on!
In addition Executive Films announced today, via press release, that Ed Harris (The Way Back) and Diane Keaton (Morning Glory) would star in the romance The Look of Love. The story follows a widow named Nikki (Keaton) who, several years after the loss of her husband, mysteriously meets a man (Harris) that looks exactly like her deceased husband and suddenly finds a flood of old feelings coming back. The film comes from The Chumscrubber writer/director Arie Posin who says, "This movie is about the hope that love can strike at any age, and that it's possible to love deeply, lose terribly, and still love again."
Next, a reunion of Little Miss Sunshine talents in front of and behind the camera is in the works as 24 Frames reports directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will reunite with Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) for a new film called He Loves Me. Co-written and co-starring Dano's real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan (It's Complicated), the story (described as Adaptation meets Weird Science) follows a young novelist who achieves success early in his career but begins to face struggles. In a bid to overcome writer's block, he is told to write the woman he thinks will love him. He winds up willing her into existence.
Finally, Variety reports Richard Jenkins (Let Me In) has landed a role in Cogan's Trade, an adaptation of George V. Higgins crime novel of the same name. Jenkins is another cast member outside of the reunion of cast and crew from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Andrew Dominik is directing the film with Brad Pitt playing a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high-stakes poker game held under the protection of the mob. Jenkins will play a lawyer who relays inside information about the card game. Sam Rockwell and Bella Heathcote are also starring in the film.
That's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits! Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way!