Casting Tidbits: Jeremy Piven, Jennifer Lawrence & Kevin James
by Ethan Anderton
January 12, 2011
Ok, so I still live with my parents, which I admit is bogus and sad. However I do have Casting Tidbits, and I still know how to party. But what I'd really like is to do "Wayne's World" for a living. It might happen. Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt! First up, The Wrap reports Jeremy Pvien ("Entourage") and Mike O'Malley ("Glee") will star in the Miley Cyrus action comedy So Undercover from director Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas). The story follows a tough, street-smart private investigator (Cyrus) who's hired by the FBI to go undercover in a college sorority. Piven plays an FBI agent while O'Malley plays Cyrus' dad.
Second, Deadline has a list of the young actresses who have emerged as the frontrunners to star alongside Taylor Lautner in the previously announced adaptation of Incarceron. The story follows a young boy (Lautner) who lives in a prison that is a complete society in a world stuck in the 17th century and run by computers. But things get interesting when the boy comes into contact with the prison warden's daughter, who kind of lives in a jail of her own, and they find a key that can change everything. Up for the role of the warden's daughter are Blake Lively (The Town), Jennifer Lawrence (fresh off an amazing performance in Winter's Bone) and Emma Watson (of the Harry Potter franchise). We'll keep you posted when a decision is made.
Next, Deadline has word that Kevin James will re-team with The Zookeeper director Frank Coraci for yet another comedy. The two will collaborate on a currently untitled project that follows a physics teacher who moonlights as a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money and save the music program his students love. But the stakes are even higher as he makes it all the way to the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Coraci has done some decent work with Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer and Click, but it's hard to find anything funny about Kevin James.
Finally, The Wrap reports Ron Livingston has booked two new projects. First, the Office Space star has landed a role in The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Director Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life) will helm the film from a story by Ahmet Zappa about a couple unable to conceive (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner) who bury their wishes for a baby in a box in their backyard. Some time later, they discover a child there, but the child is not all that it appears. It's not clear what role Livington will play. Additionally, the actor has also been cast in Ten Year, the ensemble high school reunion drama featuring Justin Long, Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Anthony Mackie and many more.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way.