Monday, September 9, 2013

CASTING NEWS: Jennifer Lopez, Naomi Watts, Emma Watson, Jared Harris, Dane DeHaan, Tom Hiddleston

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez will star in the drama "The Boy Next Door" as a "newly-separated mother who begins an affair with a new teenage neighbor who befriends her son. Trouble ensues, however, when she tries to abruptly end the relationship." Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious") is in talks to direct the small-budget film. Jason Blum ("The Purge", "The Reader", "Insidious") will produce the film and Barbara Curry has written the script. Production is set to begin this fall.

Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts is in talks to star in the thriller "Holland, Michigan". The film is the directorial debut of Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris. The story, which has been described as Fargo-esque, focuses on "a woman who suspects her husband is cheating. She begins an affair of her own, eventually discovering that her husband is a serial killer." Naomi Watts can also be seen in the upcoming Princess Diana biopic "Diana" and "Vincent De Van Nuys" with Bill Murray.

Emma Watson
Emma Watson ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower") has joined the cast of "Your Voice in My Head", an adaptation of Emma Forrest's memoir and the story of "a young bipolar English woman living in New York and the heroic, selfless psychiatrist who saves her life while fighting for his own". Watson was first signed on to star in the project by director David Yates ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", but when the director dropped out, the young actress was replaced by Emily Blunt. An official announcement by the studio has confirmed that Emma Watson has been brought back for the lead role. "Your Voice in My Head" is directed by Francesca Gregorini ("Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes"). Production will begin on November 4th.

Jared Harris
Jared Harris ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows") will star in the "Poltergeist" remake directed by Gil Kenan ("Monster House"). Harris will star as "Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show Haunted House Cleaners.". Rosemarie DeWitt ("United States of Tara") was cast in a lead role and Sam Rockwell is rumored for a supporting role. The remake is produced by Sam Raimi ("Evil Dead") and penned by David Lindsay-Abaire ("Oz the Great and Powerful"). The film will be released in 2014.

Dane DeHaan
Robert Pattinson

Dane DeHaan ("Chronicle") and Robert Pattinson ("The Twilight Saga") will star as James Dean and photographer Dennis Stock, respectively, in the drama "Life". The film is written and directed by Luke Davies ("Candy") and will focus on the friendship between Dean and Stock that ensued "when the straight-laced Stock embarked on a road trip with Dean in 1955 for a Life magazine commission." Production is set to begin in Canada on February 2014.

Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers") has replaced Benedict Cumberbatch in Guillermo del Toro's haunted house horror "Crimson Peak". The director has previously declared that his film is a "classical gothic romance ghost story" and a "very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story." "Crimson Peak" also stars Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam. Production is expected to begin in January 2014.


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