Hans back with quite a bit of casting news making its way along the grapevine. It warms my heart to know that Katie Holmes is still being allowed to make movies.
Variety reports that she is set to star in the remake of a 1973 ABC telepic called Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. The film’s plot involves a young girl going to live with her father and his girlfriend and finding that they share their house with, you guessed it, scary creatures. Sounds like a chiller. Guillermo Del Toro is actually co-writing the script. This one doesn’t sound too promising, but at least Katie is being allowed out of the house.
Variety has also reported that James McAvoy, Elizabeth Banks, and Laura Linney have all joined the cast of the black comedy The Details, which begins shooting this summer in Seattle. The plot sounds farcical as it centers around a couple, to be played by McAvoy and Banks, who discover an infestation of racoons in their backyard and then go through hell trying to get rid of them. Jacob Estes, who directed the quite lovely indie drama Mean Creek, is, much to my surprise, penning and helming this one. Could be good.
Dark Horizons reports that Ray Stevenson, Val Kilmer, and Christopher Walken have all joined the cast of The Irishman, which is set to begin filming this month and tells the story of Danny Greene, an Irish mobster who competed with the Italian mob for control of organized crime in 1970s Cleveland and wound up provoking a nationwide turf war. Stevenson, who replaced Tom Jane as the lead in Punisher: War Zone, is set to play Greene with Walken and Kilmer providing support as a slimy loan shark and a Cleveland cop who befriends Greene. Jonathan Hensleigh, who directed The Punisher, is helming. His involvement makes me dubious about this project, but they could pull it out.
And the Hollywood Reporter, uh, reports that Steve Coogan and Rosario Dawson have joined the cast of the Greek mythology-infused Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. The film is an adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best selling fantasy series that involves the exploits of Percy, the half-human son of Poseidon, in modern America. The project has already bagged such names as Uma Thurman, Catherine Keener, and Pierce Brosnan. Chris Columbus is directing. Don’t worry, I’m not gonna make any jokes about Chris, except to say that I hope he deviates from the literature on this a bit more than he did on Harry Potter. Should be interesting if nothing else.
Once something else happens, I assure you all that you will be the first to know.