Casting Tidbits: Rob Corddry, Patton Oswalt, Curtis Jackson & More
by Ethan Anderton
May 19, 2011
Dear Lord baby Jesus, lyin' there in your ghost manger, just lookin' at your Baby Einstein developmental videos, learnin' ’bout Casting Tidbits and colors. I would like to thank you for bringin' me and my mama together, and also that my kids no longer sound like retarded gang-bangers. First up, Variety has word that Thomas Lennon, Rob Huebel and Rob Corddry have all joined the cast of the low budget comedy Rapturepalooza. The story follows two smart-mouthed teens (Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley) who battle their way through the fallout of a religious apocalypse in order to defeat the Antichrist. Read on!
Second, THR has word that Gillian Jacobs ("Community") has joined the cast of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. The film follows a man (Carell), whose life recently left him at the end of the world, as he travels across the country with his neighbor (Knightley) to meet his high school sweetheart. Jacobs is playing a waitress high on ecstasy that the traveling duo encounters on their journey. In addition, a press release has just revealed that Patton Oswalt (Big Fan), Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Melinda Dillon (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Rob Huebel ("Funny or Die Presents"), T.J. Miller (She's Out of My League), Derek Luke (Catch a Fire), Mark Moses ("Desperate Housewives"), William Petersen ("CSI"), Lindsay Sloane (Horrible Bosses), Tonita Castro ("The Sarah Silverman Program"), Roger Aaron Brown (The District) and Bob Stephenson ("Jericho") have all joined the cast. Lorene Scafaria, who wrote the original screenplay, is making her feature directorial debut with the film.
Next, Variety reports rapper-turned actor Curits "50 Cent" Jackson will round out the cast of Odd Thomas, the adaptation of Dean Koontz's best-selling novel of the same name. Stephen Sommers is directing the film with Anton Yelchin playing a clairvoyant short-order cook who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark forces. Jackson will play Shamus Cocobolo, a blind deejay who helps the titular hero uncover a Satanic plot. His acting chops aren't too sharp, so I don't know how he keeps getting roles like this alongside names like Willem Dafoe and Patton Oswalt who also star in the film.
Finally, Variety reports Maggie Gyllenhaal will star in Voice from the Stone, a supernatural thriller from Eric D. Howell. Based on the Italian novel Le Voce della pietra by Silvio Raffo, the story follows a nurse trying to help a boy haunted by malevolent forces within the walls of an old house in the Italian countryside.Hopefully it's not just another one of those standard haunted house flicks where all the "scared" come from orchestral rises in the score and not from genuinely scary elements of the film itself.
That's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for even more casting news on the way.