‘Drive’ Star Is The Coen Brothers’ New Leading Man

Though Oscar Isaac might not have been one of the top-billed actors in Nicolas Winding Refn’s critical hit “Drive,” his performance as a man just out of prison trying to do right by his family definitely got the attention of a couple big name Hollywood directors.

Deadline is reporting that Isaac has landed the much-sought-after lead role in the Coen brothers’ latest film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The flick focuses on the early folk music scene in the 60s in Greenwich Village, and its lead characters are loosely based on the lives of Dave Van Ronk and Tom Paxton. Shooting is slated to start early next year in New York.

Check out the rest of today’s casting news after the jump!

Tom Savini Reteaming With Quentin Tarantino
Fans might remember Tom Savini as the memorable character “Sex Machine” — the biker with a machine-gun crotch — in the Quentin Tarantino-penned “From Dusk ’Till Dawn.” Now the two are reteaming in Tarantino’s upcoming drama “Django Unchained.” The Coventry Telegraph has learned that Savini will star alongside M.C. Gainey in the flick as one of the Brittle brothers.

“Now You See” Dave Franco In New Summit Flick
Dave Franco, the charming younger brother of James Franco, has had a great year in Hollywood this past year thanks to roles in “Fright Night,” “21 Jump Street” and the upcoming flick “Warm Bodies.” Now Deadline has learned that Franco has reteamed with Summit Entertainment to star in the drama “Now You See Me.” The heist drama will see the actor play one of the Four Horsemen, a group of illusionists who pull off capers during their performances. The flick also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman and Isla Fisher.

“Taken 2″ Gets Its Villain
“Taken 2″ will be keeping its villains in the family, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter. The news outlet has learned that Rade Serbedzija of “Batman Begins” and “Snatch” fame has landed the role of the bad guy in the upcoming Liam Neeson-starring sequel. He will play Murad, the father of the kidnapper who was slain at the end of “Taken.” He takes Neeson and Famke Fanssen’s characters hostage, and their daughter — played by Maggie Grace — is enlisted to help rescue them. “Taken 2″ hits theaters on October 5, 2012.

Shortlist Released For “A Good Day To Die Hard”
Now that “Die Hard 5″ has a release date (February 14 2013) and an official title (“A Good Day To Die Hard”), director John Moore can finally cast the son of Bruce Willis’s character John McClane. Variety got their hands on a shortlist of actors being looked at for the part. Apparently “Breaking Dad’s” Aaron Paul, “There Will Be Blood’s” Paul Dano, “Heroes'” Milo Ventimiglia and “3:10 to Yuma’s” Ben Foster will all test for the role. Fox is also interested in Paul Walker for the role, but he isn’t expected to test for it.

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