Friday, July 26, 2013

CASTING NEWS: Rosamund Pike, James McAvoy, Abigail Breslin, Melissa McCarthy

Photo of Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike is set to star in David Fincher's "Gone Girl", an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel about a woman (Pike) who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, leaving her husband as the main suspect in her disappearance. Ben Affleck will star as the woman's husband and actors Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are also being considered for supporting roles. Here is the synopsis for "Gone Girl"
"Marriage can be a real killer.

One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. TheChicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around."

Photo of James McAvoy

James McAvoy has signed on to play doctor Victor Frankenstein in director Paul McGuigan's "Frankenstein", which is being touted as a daring new version of Mary Shelley's novel. The film's protagonist, however, will be Frankenstein's trusty hunchbacked lab assistant Igor, who will be played by Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe. The funny thing is that Igor was not part of Shelley's novel, so I guess the filmmakers aren't really looking to present a faithful adaptation of the book. The script has been written by Max Landis ("Chronicle") and the writer has described the project as being the definitive story about Igor's inception. So, again, not really about Mary Shelley's novel.

Photo of Abigail Breslin

Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine", "The Call") will play Arnold Schwarzenegger's undead-infected daughter in the zombie movie "Maggie". The film's story focuses on the father's efforts to find a cure for his daughter who has been infected and is slowly turning into a zombie. Chloe Grace Moretz had been considered at one point for the young girl's role. The film is directed by commercial director Henry Hobson and production starts this fall.

Melissa McCarthy Picture

Melissa McCarthy is in talks to star for a third time in a comedy directed by Paul Feig ("The Heat", "Bridesmaids"). The film is called "Susan Cooper" and if McCarthy ends up nabbing the role she will star as a female James Bond-type, quite possibly for several installments as the filmmakers intend the film to be a franchise-starter. Feig wrote the script and the tone is said to be similar to that of his recent hit "The Heat" which teamed up McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.


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