Casting Tidbits: Gerard Butler, Christopher Walken and Eddie Izzard
by Ethan Anderton
February 16, 2011
Listen, not a year goes by, not a year, that I don't hear about some Casting Tidbits accident involving some bastard kid which could have easily been avoided had some parent - I don't care which one - but some parent conditioned him to fear and respect those Casting Tidbits. First up, back in October, nearly the entire cast of How to Train Your Dragon was confirmed to be returning for the sequel which will see release sometime in 2013. However, at the time, Gerard Butler wasn't named to be returning. Well Empire has confirmed the actor will indeed be reprising his role as Hiccup's beefy, bearded father Stoick the Vast.
Second, Screen Daily reports Christopher Walken, Shirley MacLaine, Ashley Greene and Adam Beach will all star in The Boom Boom Room. The story follows a young woman embarks on a quest to get to the bottom of an old family secret where she encounters a pair of retired Vaudeville stars and in the process their lives are changed. Lian Lunson will direct the film with Bono (of U2 fame) executive producing. Lunson says, "This has been a vision of mine for a very long time. The story captures the essences of everyday life but in a fairy tale landscape. It is a dream to be working with Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Walken, both of whom are playing roles unlike anything they’ve done before.”
Next, THR reports the amazing stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard (Ocean's 12, "The Riches") has landed a role in Cars 2. Izzard will use his voice to bring life to Miles Axlerod, a former oil baron who sold off his fortune, converted himself into an electric vehicle and dedicated himself to finding the renewable, clean-burning energy source of the future. If you want to take a look at Izzard's character, you can see a full 360-degree video introduction complete with some of Izzard's personality thrown into it.
Also, THR has word that Ray Liotta, Javier Bardem and Mark Ruffalo have all joined the cast of Cogan's Trade. The trio joins Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, Casey Affleck and Richard Jenkins in the adaptation of the the 1974 George V. Higgins novel of the same name. The story follows a professional enforcer (Pitt) who must investigate a heist that took place during a high-stakes poker game under protection of the mob. Liotta is playing Mark "Markie" Trattman, the unfortunate hustler who runs the game in a motel room and finds things only going downhill from there. It's not clear what roles Bardem and Ruffalo will be taking in the adaptation.
Finally, Bleeding Cool has learned Jude Law might be in talks to take the lead role in The Last Voyage of the Demeter. Since the project was just revealed to have landed David Slade to helm the feature, having some more casting come out of the woodwork isn't surprising. Last October Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Ben Kingsley (Shutter Island) were attached to the film as well. As for Law's role, it's unclear who the main character will be in the story that recounts the doomed journey of a ship that takes Count Dracula from Transylvania to Whitby, England.
That's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits! Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way!