‘True Blood’ Star Joins ‘The Lone Ranger’

One former “True Blood” star is headed to the Wild West in “The Lone Ranger,” a new casting announcement for the upcoming Disney flick tells us. Meanwhile, Matt Damon readies his cast for his upcoming directorial debut, two more are courted for Spike Lee’s “Oldboy,” and the “300” prequel comes closer to finding its Artemisia.

It’s December 20, and you’re tuning into today’s Casting Call!

“True Blood” Meets “The Lone Ranger”
“True Blood” and “Tron: Legacy” star James Frain is transitioning from villain to villain’s assistant for his role in “The Lone Ranger.” The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the man better known as Franklin Mott, the vampire who traumatized Tara in season three of “True Blood,” will be playing a tough foreman who works for baddie Tom Wilkinson in the upcoming Disney movie. It’s unclear whether Frain will play an evil character himself, or if he just works for one. “The Lone Ranger” also stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter. The flick is set to begin production in about six weeks.

Matt Damon Begins Casting Directorial Debut With Frances McDormand
Matt Damon first announced his planned directorial debut back in October, and now the casting process has finally started. In an interview with The Business, Damon said the first actor to join himself and co-developer John Krasinski in the film is Frances McDormand. He said they’re trying to round out the cast now with production tentatively set to start in the spring. The interview is an interesting look at why Damon felt the urge to direct. He is also lined up with Warner Bros to direct the film “Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses.”

More Flock To Spike Lee’s “Oldboy”
The casting is coming together for Spike Lee’s upcoming remake of “Oldboy.” Two more actors are being courted for the project, Splash Page reports. Clive Owen is in negotiations for the villain role Colin Firth recently turned down, while Mia Wasikowska has been offered the female lead which previously could have gone to Rooney Mara. So far Josh Brolin is the only actor officially attached to the project.

Eva Green Headlines “300” Prequel
Slowly but steadily, the casting for Noam Murro’s “300: Battle of Artemisia” is taking shape. Splash Page reports that Eva Green is the latest actress to be courted for the project. She would play the titular goddess Artemisia. The film is likely to start production next year, and is the follow-up to Zack Snyder’s “300.”

German Buyer Snaps Rights To Schwarzenegger Film
THR has learned that German indie film buyer Splendid Film has snapped up the rights to several major upcoming action films. They have acquired distribution in German-speaking European countries and Benelux for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Black Sands” and “Last Stand,” Paul Walker’s “Hours,” Aaron Eckhart’s “I, Frankenstein,” and “Killing Season” starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta, among others. Could this be a good sign for American distribution on these upcoming films? Hopefully.

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