The upcoming “Evil Dead” remake may have lost a leading lady with Lily Collins, but today the horror movie picked up her replacement and a male lead. In other casting news, Viola Davis is the latest star to join “Ender’s Game,” her “The Help” costar Octavia Spencer joins a sci-fi thriller, and Chris Rock wants to romance Melissa McCarthy in his new movie.
It’s February 3, and you’re tuning in for today’s casting call.
Jane Levy and Shiloh Fernandez Join “Evil Dead”
With Lily Collins out of the picture, Fede Alvarez’s upcoming “Evil Dead” remake was lacking a female lead. But today, the film announced two big casting decisions. Jane Levy from ABC’s “Suburgatory” joined the film as Collins’ replacement. Additionally, Variety is reporting that Shiloh Fernandez will be one of the five friends holed up in a cabin facing demonic forces let loose on the world. The flick is pegged for an April 12, 2013 release.
Viola Davis To Play “Ender’s Game”
The adult cast of “Ender’s Game” continues to get stronger and stronger. Oscar contender Viola Davis is the latest actress to be added to the cast, according to Variety. She’ll play an unnamed military psychologist.
Octavia Spencer Goes Sci-Fi In “Snow Piercer”
Another “The Help” Oscar nominee is going sci-fi as well. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Octavia Spencer has joined the cast of “Snow Piercer,” a sci-fi indie project from Bong Joon-Ho. She’ll play a passenger on the train called the Snow Piercer who joins the film’s revolution to save her son.
Chris Rock Wants Melissa McCarthy For His Next Movie
Apparently Chris Rock is dead-set on wooing Melissa McCarthy. The comedian told The Los Angeles Times that he is writing a new script that follows a “Jerry Springer”-styled husband and wife duo indulging in some “boisterous dysfunction,” and he wants McCarthy to be his leading lady. Hopefully she can find some time in her increasingly busy schedule to make room for this project.
Sharon Stone To Star In “Attachment”
Sharon Stone is delving back into the sexual thriller territory, but this time she is the one being stalking. The Hollywood Reporter has learned she’s taken the lead in the Tony Kaye-directed thriller “Attachment.” She’ll play a married woman who has a one-night stand with a student, a character who later comes back to haunt her when he starts dating her daughter and stalking her family.
Catherine Keener To Play Tom Hanks’ Wife In “Captain Phillips”
Variety is reporting that Catherine Keener is the latest star to join the upcoming Somali pirate flick “Captain Phillips.” She’ll play the wife of Tom Hanks’s titular character, the real-life ship captain who allowed himself to be taken captive by Somali pirates in exchange for the safety of his crew. Paul Greengrass is directing, and the flick is slated for a March 22, 2013 release date.
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