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Casting Tidbits: Dinner for Schmucks & Unknown White Male

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October 26, 2009

Ron Livingston / January Jones

With all the random casting news that runs in the trades day after day and the sometimes uncertain nature of talent being attached to various projects, here at FirstShowing we've decided that rather than clogging the newswire with individual stories for every single casting announcement, we're rolling them up into succinct posts called Casting Tidbits. First up, Variety reports that Ron Livingston (Office Space, The Time Traveler's Wife) has joined Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in Jay Roach's comedy Dinner for Schmucks about a group of bourgeois friends who regularly invite the biggest schmucks to dinner and ridicule them.

Second, Variety also reports that two gorgeous leading ladies, January Jones (of AMC's "Mad Men") and Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), have joined Liam Neeson in the action-thriller Unknown White Male. Story centers on a man (Neeson) who awakens from a coma to find that someone else has assumed his identity, and no one, including his wife (Jones), believes him. With the help of a friendly female taxi driver (Kruger), he sets out to find who's behind the identity theft and take back his life. Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) will direct the script from The Wheelman writers Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell as well as Karl Gajdusek (who wrote The Mechanic) with shooting said to begin in Berlin at the start of the new year.

That's it for casting tidbits right now, but stay tuned for casting news on many more projects on the way.

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments

1

January makes my blood boil. Is it me or is she a little young for Liam?

Nick Sears on Oct 26, 2009

2

Ron livingston is a bad ass!

Rachel Replicant on Oct 26, 2009

3

Given that this will be another shitty Hollywood remake of a great French movie, you should probably credit the story idea to "Le Diner de Cons", aka "The Dinner Game". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119038/

Andrew on Oct 27, 2009

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