Casting Tidbits: Malin Akerman, Jesse Eisenberg and Mandy Moore
by Ethan Anderton
March 1, 2011
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!