Casting Madness! Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Hudson, and even Seth Green Land Roles!by: Posted:
Madness, I tell you. That's what sorting through the most recent casting announcements has been. Epic madness.
-Jennifer Hudson will join Larry David and Jane Lynch in playing a nun for the Farrelly brothers' "Three Stooges" adaptation, according to Deadline. Everything about this movie is the silliest. Let's hope Hudson, a former "American Idol" contestant and Academy Award winner(!) for her role in "Dreamgirls," gets to belt a tune or two during the film. Because "hey, why not" seems to be the general ethos of the film.
-Yesterday we told you that Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, "The Master," had gained a couple of cast members, but it just gained another big name. Amy Adams will play Philip Seymour Hoffman's wife, according to Deadline. Adams is pretty much the best, and deserved more recognition for "The Fighter" recently. She's also playing Lois Lane in "Man of Steel" and has a starring role in "The Muppets." So in case you were looking for reasons to love her, that's a P.T. Anderson movie, a Superman movie, and a Muppet movie. There you go.
-Writer/director James Gray ("We Own the Night") has drawn some considerable talent for his next film, "Low Life." The film will star Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and the far-too-busy Jeremy Renner. The film will be about a woman (Cotillard) who immigrates to America from Poland, but isn't even to American shores when she's forced into the sex trade to get her ill sister some medicine. Once again, Deadline has the details. James Gray is not a man known for terribly upbeat stories, but his last film, "Two Lovers," was so good I'll see anything he does. And it's always nice to see Phoenix, a very talented actor, treated as more than a punching bag (he'll also be in "The Master').
-Susan Sarandon is in talks to star in "I Hate You, Dad," a comedy from Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, two guys I can pretty much see screaming that title with or without context. She'll play a sexy teacher, a role I'd say she fits to a T. James Caan, Will Forte, and Milo Ventimiglia are in talks as well. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop.
-Finally, yes, Seth Green is still acting, and he'll appear in the fun-sounding "Sexy Evil Genius" alongside Kattee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Gallactica"), Michelle Techtenberg, Harold Perrineau and Billy Baldwin. Sackhoff will play a perhaps-literally insane young woman, just out of jail, who lures her exes to a bar before they all realize they're in one of her mind games, with possibly deadly consequences. And it's a comedy!