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Casting Tidbits: Malin Akerman, Jesse Eisenberg and Mandy Moore

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March 1, 2011

Akerman / Eisenberg / Moore

If I am King, where is my power? Can I declare war? Form a Casting Tidbits? Levy a tax? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority because they think that when I speak, I speak for them. First up, THR reports Malin Akerman (Watchmen) will join Nicolas Cage in the action thriller Medallion. Directed by Simon West (Con-Air) the story shares elements with Taken as a father and former master thief has only a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York medallion taxi cab. Akerman will play Cage's ex-girlfriend and former bank robber who tries to help him find his daughter.

Second, Vulture has word that Academy Award nominees Melissa Leo (who actually won for The Fighter) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) will work together in a new indie comedy called Predisposed. In addition, Tracy Morgan (Cop Out) will also join them in a story that takes a macabre look at the unhealthy relationship between a drug-addicted mother (Leo) and her college-bound son (Eisenberg), set on the day of both his interview at Julliard and her planned arrival to rehab. Complicating matters, mom's lack of health insurance means she can only be admitted to rehab if she shows up intoxicated; further complicating matters is the feud that erupts between mom's drug dealer, Sprinkles (Morgan).

Finally, Variety reports Mandy Moore (Tangled) and Rodrigo Santoro (I Love You, Phillip Morris) will co-star in Falling Slowly, a film that will mark the directorial debut of Buried writer Chris Sparling. The story follows a couple whose apartment is haunted by a dark presence. Seems a bit generic, but if a writer like Sparling can make 90 minutes in a coffin into an edge-of-your-seat kind of thriller, then I'm willing to bet he can make this work too.

That's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits! Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way!

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  • Sparky
    I was kind of hoping Jesse Eisenberg would never make another movie ever again.
    • peloquin
      Surely you're joking...I wanted him to take home the Oscar last week so I'm very excited that he's lining up more projects. What don't you like about him?
      • Nate
        He acts the same way in all his films. Considering his acting alone and disregarding the different stories, The Social Network could have been the technological sequel to Adventureland or Zombieland, because he plays the timid, awkward character so well. He needs to break out of his box. He could be great. I think Michael Cera could be great, too, but they don't play different roles. He'll need to do something different, because Eisenberg won't get nominated for playing a awkward, late teen or early twenties loner with smarts, again.
        • Like Bob De Niro? No, just because he plays nerds all the time doesn't mean all the nerds in the world have the same personality or character. And if you were even paying attention to the movie, his Zuckerberg was an extremely unlikeable and dense character, not unlike the loveable, affable characters in Zombieland and Adventureland. And as one critic noted, people who compare Eisenberg to Cera are average moviegoers who haven't seen him in anything beyond his mainstream films. Learn to do thoughtful criticism not the dismissive, offhand one you just did because it reflects on your ability to scrutinize films.
          • Nate
            I never said he played the nerd, so how are you criticizing me on something I never said. I think Social Network was one of the best films of the year and Eisenberg played the character to perfection. That doesn't change my mind, that, in the Education of Charlie Banks, Holy Rollers, Solitary Man, Zombieland, and Adventureland, he plays a timid, awkward character. I'm not saying he's terrible. He was perfect for the role and he made the movie and led it well, but best actor? I think that should be reserved for those who did something extraordinary during the year. I just feel that though he was the best for the job and did it well, it was a job that he has delved into before.
    • Myheartdiesforyou
      Hm..Im sure he's a better acter than you are.
  • Djscontrino
    I actually agree here... Hes very much like Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Anniston. They dont seem to play anyone else. As a side note Im glad to see Mandy Moore getting more film roles. I actually think she is a great actress and brings something unique.
    • Lee Jenny33
      What? Mark Zuckerberg is very different from his other movies. Are you sure you are watching the same movie? Last time I checked, Mark is not considered lovable in TSN.
  • Mandy
    Nate - I couldn't agree more. Thank you. Jesse is amazing! I can't wait to see him in more movies.
  • Gh
    That'll be a good look for Morgan regardless of the drug dealer role People will flock more because of his co-stars so it's a win for him!

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