Casting Tidbits: Christian Slater, Rosamund Pike & Sam Riley

September 14, 2010

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You take a look at her. Cause once you step on that bus you aint got your mama no more. You got your Casting Tidbits and you got your daddy. You know who your daddy is, don't ya? Gary, if you want to play on this football team, you answer me when I ask you who is your daddy? Who's your daddy, Gary? First up,Variety reports Christian Slater is set to lead the indie horror thriller Playback. The film, directed by Michael A. Nickles, follows a group of high school students digging into their town's infamous past and unwittingly unlocking an evil that preys upon their classmates. Slater plays a sinister cop who is pivotal in exposing the town's secret.

Second, THR reports Dominic West (300), Rosamund Pike (Surrogates) and Daniel Kaluuya ("Skins") have joined the comedy spy sequel Johnny English Reborn. Rowan Atkinson reprises his role in the Oliver Parker directed, Hamish McColl written film which will see the clumsy spy embroiled in trying to stop a plot by a group of international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier. Previously, Gillian Anderson also joined the cast of this comedy that will surely be warmly welcomed by the United Kingdom, but not all that successful in the United States.

Next, Variety reports Lauren Amrbose "("Six Feet Under") has joined the comedy Wanderlust. Ken Marino, veteran of "The State," wrote the script with Rudd while David Wain (Role Models) will direct. The film tells the story of a married couple (Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) trying to escape the city life for a counterculture existence. Ambrose will play a member of the commune that they encounter on their move from Atlanta to New York. Having moderately enjoyed Aniston's turn with Jason Batemen in The Switch, pairing her with Rudd sounds like a decent combination. Judd Apatow is also producing which can only help.

Finally, THR reports Sam Riley (who will be seen in the adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road) has landed the role of British playwright Christopher "Kit" Marlowe in A Dead Man in Deptford. Riley joins James Purefoy, Ray Winstone, Ed Speleers and Adam Sinclair. Based on Anthony Burgess' novel of the same name, the film plays out the intriguing theory that Marlowe, a notorious bar room brawler, was also a royal spy for Elizabeth I and that his death in Deptford at age 29 may have been an assassination ordered by the English Secret Service. Nick Copus will direct the film which doesn't sound all that dissimilar from George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind except that it's set in the late 1500's.

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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