Casting Tidbits: Mae Whitman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vanilla Ice
by Ethan Anderton
April 6, 2011
But, John. If the Casting Tidbits break down, the Tidbits don't eat the tourists. First up, Variety reports Mae Whitman, one of the seven evil-exes from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has just landed a role in the big screen adaptation of the Stephen Chbosky's fantastic book The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The coming-of-age indie already has Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) and Emma Watson (the Harry Potter franchise) set to lead the film about a shy and unpopular high school student who writes a series of letters to an anonymous penpal. Whitman will play a tattooed vegetarian and Lerman's girlfriend.
Second, 24 Frames reports Judy Greer (Love and Other Drugs) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Entrapment) will join Gerard Butler in Playing the Field. The story follows an accomplished soccer pro (Butler) who, after living a playboy life throughout Europe, returns to his estranged American wife and child to try to reconcile with them. He begins coaching youth soccer to show his commitment. But things get sticky when a number of the local women take a shine to him, including a curious wife (Uma Thurman), a vixen newscaster (Zeta-Jones) and a hot-and-bothered housewife (Greer).
Next, Variety reports Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl") and Vanilla Ice (yes, that guy) will both have roles in the comedy I Hate You, Dad starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. The story follows a father (Sandler) who moves in with his son and his fiancee, only to immediately start feuding with the bride-to-be. Meester will play Sandler's future daughter-in-law while Vanilla Ice will apparently play an old friend of his. In addition, The Wrap reports James Caan is being lined up to play Meester's father. Sounds good to me.
Finally, Variety reports Addison Timlin has landed the female lead opposite Anton Yelchin in the big screen adaptation of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas book. The young actress has had supporting roles in "Californication" and Derailed, but this will be her first big role. Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) will direct the story about a clairvoyant short-order cook (Yelchin) who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark forces. There's the potential for a film franchise since there's multiple books in the series.
That's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits! Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way!