“I. Am. In. Oz. Sam Raimi refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is PIVOTAL,” the “Burn Notice” actor tweeted. Considering James Franco has already been cast as the titular wizard-to-be and Campbell likely isn’t playing one of the female witches, our guess is he plays some sort of mentor to Oz. Or we could be totally surprised and he’ll end up playing a Munchkin or flying monkey. Regardless, we’re thrilled by this casting news.
Check out the rest of Hollywood’s casting updates after the jump!
Nicki Minaj Makes Her Big Screen Animated Debut
“Ice Age: Continental Drift” already has a colorful array of voice actors lined up, but the recent addition of Nicki Minaj is certainly the most exciting. MTV News’ RapFix reported on the news, saying Minaj will “surely be at ease playing the as-yet-unnamed character in the film.” She’ll be joined by fellow performer Drake, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Wanda Sykes and Aziz Ansari.
Jesse Eisenberg Meets “The Double”
Vulture has the scoop that Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as the lead in Richard Ayoade’s indie adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella “The Double.” Described as “’Fight Club’ for bureaucrats,” the flick stars Eisenberg as a government clerk whose life falls apart after the spitting image of himself starts working at his office. Ayoade is best known for directing “Submarine” and starring in the British sitcom “The IT Crowd.”
Amanda Seyfried And Mark Ruffalo Join “Now You See Me”
Amanda Seyfried and Mark Ruffalo are in discussions to join another Eisenberg flick, “Now You See Me,” which also stars Melanie Laurent. The movie is about a group of FBI agents who are trying to take down a renegade group of illusionists. Variety has learned Ruffalo would play the lead FBI agent, while Seyfried would be a master technician for the illusionists.
James McAvoy Gets “Filth”-y With Jamie Bell And Alan Cumming
The Playlist has learned James McAvoy is likely to come on board the adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel “Filth.” According to the site, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming are also looking to join the project, which starts filming in January. Welsh will be producing and his friend Jon S. Baird will be directing the flick.
Benjamin Walker To Get “Paradise Lost”
Director Alex Proyas has found his archangel Michael in “Paradise Lost,” Deadline is reporting. According to the news site, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” star Benjamin Walker is in talks to come on board the adaptation of John Milton’s epic. Bradley Cooper is already attached to star as Lucifer in the movie, which is set to be released in 2013.
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