Casting Tidbits: Katrina Bowden, Jamie Chung, Kim Basinger & More
by Ethan Anderton
May 26, 2011
You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of the Casting Tidbits about to set down on him. First up, Variety reports "30 Rock" hottie Katrina Bowden has joined the cast of American Reunion, the fourth installment of the American Pie series. Bowden is playing Chris Klein's girlfriend who is a typical Los Angeles party girl, likely with him only because of his fame from some reality TV show. The film sees pretty much all the original cast members returning for their characters' ten-year high school reunion. Read on!
Second, Variety reports Jame Chung, who you can see in this weekend's release of The Hangover Part II, will join Rob Lowe in the indie political drama Knife Fight. In addition, Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), Jennifer Morrison ("House M.D.") and "Lost" stars Rebecca Mader and Titus Welliver will also star in the story of a political crisis manager (Lowe) who specializes in playing hardball on behalf of scandal-plagued clients. Chung will play his assistant, who already has a savvy sense of how to spin a negative story, Bowen plays an ambitious TV reporter who sleeps with Lowe's character for scoops, Britton plays an earthy liberal looking to run for public office, Welliver plays a private investigator on Lowe's payroll, Mader plays a masseuse/prostitute bent on blackmail and Morrison plays one of her classmates.
Also, Variety reports Kim Basinger, Heather Graham, Catherine O'Hara and Jason Patric will all lend their talents to Fortune, a dark indie comedy from S.W.A.T. director Clark Johnson. Since his venture into police action didn't care too well, perhaps this indie production will let him shine with the story of a petty thief who pledges to save his life after a roadside killing and two financially destitute sisters who grudgingly team up to track down a female mobster for bounty. They all land in Las Vegas, where violence and destinies collide. ""Nurse Jackie" writers Nancy Fichman and Jennifer Hoppe wrote the script.
Next, Variety also has word that Gemma Arterton, Julie Andrews, Matthew Goode and Gabriel Byrne will all star in playwright Neil LaBute's next film Crooked House, a big screen adaptation of the Agatha Christie book of the same name. The story features a large cast of characters as the murder of a multimillionaire is suddenly murdered as he's surrounded by three generations of a family that lives together in a large and seemingly crooked house and who all have reasons to kill him.
Finally, after landing an unknown role in The Dark Knight Rises, Variety reports child actress Joey King has also landed a role in Oz: The Great and Powerful, the gestating prequel from Sam Raimi. King will be playing China Girl and joins an interesting assembly of talent including James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. King's last role has her starring in Ramona and Beezus as the former child character, but her two more recent roles should get her some more recognition soon.
That's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for even more casting news on the way.