Casting Tidbits: Giovanni Ribisi, Alexandra Daddario and Clark Gregg
by Ethan Anderton
July 7, 2011
I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our Casting Tidbits. First up, Deadline reports Giovanni Ribisi (left), a favorite character actor of mine, has landed a role in Gangster Squad from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. The cast is already quite spectacular with Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie and Michael Pena starring in the story of the elite cop squad after Mickey Cohen in Los Angeles circa 1949. More below!
Second, Variety has word that Percy Jackson and the Olympians star Alexandra Daddario has snagged the female lead in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D from Takers director John Luessenhop. The film is both a franchise reboot and sequel in that it picks up after the original 1974 horror classic, but aims to kick-off the franchise again. It's not clear how the story will play out, but since it's never been all that complication, just imagine plenty of people being chased by Leatherface and eventually getting chopped up by his signature chainsaw and you've pretty much directed the film in your mind already.
Finally, The Playlist has word that Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson from the recent Marvel films leading up to The Avengers) and Rachel Bilson have joined the huge ensemble cast of the comedy The To-Do List, formerly known as The Hand Job. The film follows a studious, type A overachiever who has recently graduated from high school but remains sexually inexperienced. Before hitting college, she decides she’s going to check off every possible sex act and embarks on an adventure like no other with a bucket list full of sexual conquests to complete. As funny as the plot sounds, the cast is what's really impressive with Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Donald Glover, Connie Britton, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Scott Porter, D.C. Pierson and Dominic Dierkes all having some sort of role in the comedy. Hader's wife, comedian Maggie Carey wrote and will direct the film.
That's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for even more casting news on the way.