Casting Tidbits: David Hasslehoff, Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom & More

May 12, 2011

Hasslehoff / Firth / Bloom

This is like if that Blue Oyster shit met that Afghan Kush I had - and they had a baby. And then, meanwhile, that crazy Casting Tidbits stuff I had and the Super Red Espresso Snowflake met and had a baby. And by some miracle, those two babies met and fucked - this would the shit that they birthed. First up, if slack-jawed Gary Busey wasn't enough stunt casting for Piranha 3DD, you'll be happy to know that The Weinstein Company just announced that "Baywatch" lifeguard David Hasslehoff has also joined the cast of the tongue-in-cheek horror. Since the fish invade a waterpark this time, it's easy to see why he's needed.

Second, Deadline has word that Colin Firth and Emily Blunt will team-up for an untitled dark comedy for commercial director Dante Ariola and writer Becky Johnston. The story follows a man (Firth) who hates his job and is hated by his ex-wife and son. Feeling he missed his one shot at living the dream, he fakes his death and buys a new identity. Along the way he meets a woman (Blunt) who is also trying to leave her past behind. The pair break into empty homes and pose as the absent owners while finding a special relationship despite all the lying.

Also, THR reports Orlando Bloom, Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci and Cristiana Capotondi will all star in the comedy Idea in America. Cecilia Miniucchi will write and direct the coming-of-age road trip story about a young Italian ornithologist who travels from California to Georgia in the pursuit of the American bald eagle, a dream job and her independence. Production is supposed to being in the fall with Indomina Releasing head Bruce Kirkland saying, “The story has the irreverent freshness that audiences are drawn to and truly appreciate and the casting is perfect.” We'll see about that.

Next , THR reports "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard, Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan will star in What Maisie Knew, an adaptation of Henry James' novel of the same name. Scott McGehee and David Siegel will direct the film which follows Maisie, a six-year-old girl enmeshed in the bitter divorce of her mother, a rock and roll icon, and her father, a charming but distracted art dealer. Moore stars as Maisie’s mother, Coogan as her father and Skarsgard stars as Moore’s new husband.

In addition, THR also has word that Matthew McConaughey and Hilary Swank will co-star in The Dallas Buyer's Club. The real-life drama from director Jean-Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria) follows Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS who began smuggling alternative drugs into the U.S. to help himself and other AIDS patients. His actions put him on a collision course with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which was bent on keeping the drugs out of the country.

Finally, THR reports from Cannes that Katie Holmes and Chace Crawford will make sparks fly in the romantic comedy Responsible Adults. John Poll is directing the film from a script by Alex Schemmer which follows a 30-year-old med student, to be played by Holmes, who meets and falls for a younger man, played by Crawford, only to realize she once was his baby sitter. Sounds like every teenage boy's dream.

That's all for this edition of Casting Tidbits. Be sure to stay tuned for even more casting news on the way.

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