Casting Tidbits: Freida Pinto, Donald Faison, Anjelica Huston
by Ethan Anderton
February 24, 2010
It was Casting Tidbits killed the beast. First up, Variety reports that the lovely Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) has signed on to star in War of the Gods, the Tarsem Singh directed story of young warrior Theseus (Henry Cavill) who leads his men into battle with the immortal Greek gods to defeat evil and the powerful elder gods of the Titans in order to save mankind. Pinto will play Phaedra, an oracle priestess who must join Theseus on his quest to prevent the cataclysmic war from erupting. The most recent draft of the script came from Jason Keller and it sounds like a potentially awesome project. Read on for more casting.
Second, Variety also reports Anjelica Huston (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) and Philip Baker Hall (Magnolia, Zodiac) will join Seth Rogen, James McAvoy, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard in the comedy formerly known as I'm With Cancer. This new but-still-unnamed title business is news to us, but the film is still the same Will Reiser story based on the writer's real-life experience in his winning fight with cancer in his mid-20's. Directed by Jonathan Levine, the script was on 2008's Black List and is an emotional sort of comedy in the same vein as Funny People but without all the stand-up material.
Meanwhile, THR reports that the Farrelly Brothers comedy Hall Pass has added another acting duo to the mix with Nicky Whelan (NBC's "Scrubs") and Derek Waters (Funny or Die's Drunk History). Whelan will play Leigh, who tempts Owen Wilson's character after he's given the "hall pass" for adultery by his wife while Waters will play Wannabe, a barista/DJ who becomes an obstacle to the pairing. Stephen Merchant (HBO's "Extras") and J.B. Smoove were also recently added to the mix as well, and this is shaping up to be a hopefully great return to quality comedy for the Farrelly's who have struggled over the past decade to rekindle the comedic flame they once carried so well.
And finally, THR gets the last bit of casting news as they report Eric Balfour (Hell Ride) and Donald Faison (NBC”s "Scrubs") will star in the sci-fi thriller Skyline from visual effects artists turned directors Greg and Colin Strause, who have previously worked on films like Avatar, 300, and Constantine. The story takes place in a Los Angeles high-rise focusing on a small group of survivors who brave a mysterious attack of otherworldly origins. Faison is playing an entrepreneur who lures his longtime friend (Balfour) to the West Coast. After a night of partying, both wake to find a strange force is swallowing humanity off the face of the earth. Filming is already underway, but no word on whether or not Frank Darabont will show up to tell everyone on set that they're just remaking The Mist.
Well, that's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for more casting updates on the way!
I'm very excited about Tarsem's next. I had the pleasure of meeting the director. His artistic preferences would surprise his detractors. He'll soon be regarded as one of the contemporary cinema prime visionaries. You heard it here first 😉 He's got the potential to surpass the likes of Peter Jackson or Ridley Scott. I know some will deem my prediction preposterous. Whatever. All Tarsem needs is the right breakthrough material that will allow him to unleash his true sensibility. I hope "War of the Gods" is the one.
Marty on Feb 24, 2010
Booyah Donald Faison! But seriously, I'll have to keep an eye out for skyline. I haven't heard of that movie before. Good lookin' out Anderton.
Galinoth on Feb 24, 2010
Not me. The Strause Brothers were responsible for the steaming pile of turd known as Alien vs Predator- Requiem
Marc on Feb 24, 2010
Greek mythology- the new Superhero movie? Percy Jackson, Clash of the Titans remake, there's a Hercules in the works, now this War of the Gods. The title of which I'm sure reminds gamers of God of War, and what do you know, there's a God of War movie in production as well.
Craig on Feb 24, 2010
Ok why is everyone rushing in the movies to avert war?! Especially a war between the titans and the olympians? Seriously according to Myt it benefitted man, so why make it to stop it? Better the race is rally the troops!
harm on Feb 24, 2010
hey everyone screw the god of war movie and make some movie that sounds like god of war and call it war of the gods and give a similiar plot so we can make fans of god of war pissed off while they are still waiting for the god of war movie *angry face*
Spider94 on Feb 24, 2010
wow shes scary ugly
harrison on Feb 24, 2010
Nicky Whelan is ridiculously hot
Mr. Pants on Feb 24, 2010
I believe it's "Dawn of War", not "War of the Gods".. will be watching out for more news on this one 🙂
yan on Feb 24, 2010
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