Casting Roundup: Mulligan, Roth and Waltz Get the Gigs

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The "Shame" gal goes bad, a Reservoir Dog becomes royalty and "August: Osage County" gets even bigger as we look at the past week's casting activity.

Carey Mulligan will soon be channeling Nicole Kidman in "To Die For" as she signs on to play a femme fatale in the dark crime comedy, "Nancy and Danny," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The "Drive" beauty will star as a money-hungry woman who, after her big-city dreams go up in smoke, engages in a get-rich-quick scheme in order to land an old high school crush. Things probably go quite awry.

Speaking of Nicole Kidman, Variety reports that Tim Roth is set to join her in the rather bizarre true-life tale, "Grace of Monacco." The film follows Oscar winner Grace Kelly and her husband, Monaco's Prince Rainier III (Roth), who is charged by French leader Charles de Gaulle to reform Monaco's tax laws in six months' time. Frank Langella is also in talks to play the priest who "set up" Kelly with Rainier. It's a story so strange that there's no way it could be made up!

Meanwhile, eternally cursed filmmaker Terry Gilliam is going to have a go at making another movie, and this time with "Django Unchained" star Christoph Waltz, according to Deadline. Gilliam's new film is "The Zero Theorem," a whimsical fantasy (what else?) that follows the plight of Qohen Leth (Waltz), an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst who works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence once and for all.

Gilliam himself simply describes it as a story about "a man waiting for a telephone call that will give meaning to his life. Some other things happen as well." We're intrigued, as we always are with Mr. Gilliam and his work, whether it actually comes to pass or not.

Speaking of whimsical fantasies, the "Princess Bride" herself, Robin Wright, has signed on to join the cast of "A Most Wanted Man," according to Variety. Based on the novel by John le Carre, "Wanted Man" revolves around a Chechnian Muslim who illegally immigrates to Hamburg, Germany, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror. Anton Corbijn ("The American") is directing, with Wright joining a cast that includes Rachel McAdams, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Willem Dafoe.

Finally, the cast of the screen adaptation of Tracy Letts' sprawling stage drama "August: Osage County" just keeps getting classier (and larger!) as Deadline reports that Dermot Mulroney has joined the ensemble cast. The film follows the Weston clan as they come together to overcome their many differences when their alcoholic patriarch goes missing, with the lineup already including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis and Margo Martindale.

Mulroney's been one of our favorites since his early days as Dirty Steve in "Young Guns" and the would-be Target robber who was undone by the sight of Jennifer Connelly on a mechanical rocking horse in "Career Opportunities."

Heh, heh ... yeah, you remember that, don't you? Deep sigh.

So many movies, so many parts — and so much catering that's gonna have to be ordered! Join us next Friday as we once again gather all of the week's juicy casting tidbits in one fell swoop.