Saturday, September 14, 2013

CASTING NEWS: Julianne Moore, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis and More

Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore ("Game Change") has been officially confirmed in the role of Alma Coin in the final two "The Hunger Games" films "Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2". The actress has been rumored to be in talks for the role for a long time, but until now the deal wasn't closed. The last two sequels will be directed by Francis Lawrence ("Constantine", "I Am Legend") and the new cast additions include Stef Dawson as Annie Cresta, Natalie Dormer as Cressida and Evan Ross as Messalla. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" opens on November 2014 and Part 2 will follow in November 2015.

Colin Firth
Nicole Kidman

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman have joined the cast of the live-action/CGI hybrid film "Paddington", based on the popular children's book series. The books tell the story of an anthropomorphised bear from Peru who is discovered in Paddington Station, London, by the Brown family who adopt him and give him the full name of Paddington Brown. Colin Firth will be voicing the CGI bear, while Nicole Kidman will play the villain, an evil taxidermist. The cast also includes Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville and Jim Broadbent. "Paddington" will be released on November 28, 2014 in the UK and during the first quarter of 2015 in the US.

Aaron Paul
Juliette Lewis

Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") and Juliette Lewis ("Natural Born Killers") will star in "Hellion", a feature film version of a short film that premiered at Sundance last year. The six-minute short film was written and directed by Kat Candler and here is the synopsis: "All hell breaks loose when seven-year-old Petey is left with his hell-raising brothers. But things go from bad to really, really bad when Dad gets home."

Willem DaFoe
Keanu Reeves

Willem Dafoe and Keanu Reeves will star in the thriller "John Wick". Reeves stars as John Wick, "a former hitman whose killer instincts are reawakened after a thug steals his 1969 Ford Mustang and in the process kills the dog given to him by his late wife. Wick tracks the man to New York, where the thug’s father, a crime boss, puts a bounty on his head". Dafoe will star as the man hired to take him out. The two share a history as the former convinced the latter to leave the assassin's life after a tragic event. Production is set to begin on September 25th in New York and it is expected to end on December 4th. "John Wick" is directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. The two have served as second unit directors and stunt coordinators on films like "The Hunger Games" and "The Expendables".

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis is set to star in the small-budget action thriller "The Prince". The casting news was announced at the Toronto International Film Festival. The story centers on a "a retired Las Vegas mob enforcer [who] is forced to return to the city and face his former enemies when his teenage daughter goes missing. Willis plays a man who has waited years for the enforcer to return, and a confrontation is inevitable." The script is penned by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore ("Red Dawn") and it will be directed by Sarik Andreasyan ("American Heist"). Filming will begin in New Orleans this October.

Amber Heard
Amber Heard ("Drive Angry 3D") will star in "London Fields", an adaptation of Martin Amis' novel. According to Deadline, "Heard plays [Nicola], the ultimate eternal sexual femme fatale, possessed of unusual beauty and hypnotic magnetism. Mysterious and clairvoyant, she sets a plan in motion to fulfill the prophecy of her own murder. Caught up in Nicola’s plan are [Samson],a terminally ill writer (Thornton); a lowly street hustler (Sturgess); and an unhappily married banker (James), who become intertwined in a love triangle that unfolds in the grimy underbelly of London. Samson convinces Nicola to let him document her manipulations in a book she says will be his literary masterpiece but only she knows who the tale will end and who her killer will be." The film also stars Jim Sturgess, Billy Bob Thornton and Theo James.


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