B.J. Novak 'Saving Mr. Banks' & Vanessa Hudgens Did 'Machete Kills'
An impressive cast has already been assembled for the Disney centric film Saving Mr. Banks, a film following Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, and as the House of Mouse creator strives to convince Travers into giving him the rights to her famous character in order to make the classic movie musical. Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman and more are already starring in the film from The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock, and now THR has word that "The Office" star B.J. Novak is taking the role of Robert Sherman, a Disney songwriter for the musical.
Sherman, who just passed away this past March, wrote all of the Mary Poppins songs along with his brother Richard Sherman. In addition the musical brothers also wrote tunes for The Jungle Book, but their real claim to fame is writing the famously annoying It's a Small World After All. Due to his commitment to "The Office," Novak hasn't really had many big roles, his most prominent being a turn in Inglourious Basterds, but with a much smaller role on the series coming in the next season, I'm betting he'll have more time for feature film work.
In a completely different genre, the cast of Machete Kills has gained a cast member, despite just recently wrapping production last month. If you thought Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Amber Heard and Sofia Vergara weren't enough eye candy, apparently Vanessa Hudgens has the role of Cereza. Of course, we don't have any details on the character, which is impressive considering the film is already done filming. This news comes from Hudgens' official website (via Latino Review), and it just marks another addition to an eclectic that also features Charlie Sheen, Edward James Olmos, William Sadler and more.