Casting Tidbits: Bryan Cranston, Ted Danson and Luke Wilson
by Ethan Anderton
September 1, 2010
We are Sex Bob-Omb and we are here to make you think about Casting Tidbits and get sad and stuff. First up, fresh off his Emmy win last weekend, Variety reports Bryan Cranston has signed on to star in an indie thriller called The Grief Tourist. "Southland's" Michael Cuditz also joins the cast in a story of a troubled soul who retraces the footsteps of serial killers who fascinate him as his hobby. His dark obsession with past killers soon becomes his reality and it leads us on a menacing and horrific journey inside his twisted mind. Siru Krishnamma (of A Man of No Importance) is directing from actor/writer Frank John Hughes' script.
Second, Coming Soon reports that Luke Wilson, David Morse (Disturbia) and Riley Keough (The Runaways) have joined the cast of Yellow, a drama from director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, Alpha Dog). Hank Azaria will also make a cameo appearance in the story about a young woman with a drug habit and a myriad of other problems. Previously announced cast members also include Sienna Miller, Lucy Punch, Ben Foster, Melanie Griffith and Gena Rowlands. Prepare to have your heartstrings pulled.
Next, THR reports that Ted Danson and Vinessa Shaw have joined the cast of Everybody Loves Whales. An ensemble cast which already includes Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell and Tim Blake Nelson leads this true story of a small-town reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) who enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. Danson will play a win-at-all-costs oilman who has no interest in saving the mammals while Shaw plays a White House staffer who wants the government to help the whales.
Finally, Variety reports that Thomas Haden Church, Martin Landau and Ezra Miller (City Island) have joined the cast of The Reasonable Bunch, the directorial debut of Sam Levinson, son of longtime filmmaker Barry Levinson. Few plot details are known, but the indie is supposed to be some sort of wedding comedy which has also already signed Kate Bosworth, Ellen Barkin, Ellen Burstyn and Demi Moore to star. The young Levinson also wrote the script himself which will see Bosworth and Miller as reckless siblings dragged to a chaotic family wedding by their overwrought mother, portrayed by Barkin. Landau will play Barkin's father, but it's unclear what roles Church and Miller are taking.
Well, 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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