Hans here with a buttload of casting news for willing eyes. Let Me In might have an Oskar, Robin Hood has a King Richard and Jack Kevorkian has a movie about his life. By my money, a fine day indeed.
Moviehole reported that Codi Smit-McPhee, who will play the little boy in John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, had indicated his intentions to be in Let Me In, Matt Reeves’ American adaptation of Tomas Alfredson’s brilliant Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In. I haven’t seen this kid in anything yet, but just looking at him, he looks like a perfect fit for the role of young Oskar, the pre-pubescent outcast who befriends a girl vampire. Smit-McPhee hasn’t said what role he wants, but something tells me that Oskar is a safe bet for him. This should be good.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Danny Huston (30 Days of Night, Children of Men, The Aviator and about ten million other movies) will join the cast of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood in the role of Richard the Lionheart. Huston is a perenially fine actor and he generally does an excellent job no matter what movie he is in. But perhaps that is what I don’t like about this new Robin Hood: it’s gonna be filled with so many good people that it is going to fool you into liking it. We need to know better with Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe; they are scam artists and they keep doing the same things to rake in your sheckles. I want to have just one good miserable flop and get back on their toes.
The Hollywood Reporter also reports that John Goodman and Susan Sarandon have joined the cast of the Jack Kevorkian movie You Don’t Know Jack for HBO Films. I had no idea this was even happening, but apparently Al Pacino is gonna play Kevorkian (who, for all you twelve year olds out there, was a doctor who created a mercy machine for assisted suicide and spent eight years in jail for it, further fueling our country’s heated debate about euthanasia). Goodman and Sarandon will play lifelong supporters of Kevorkian in a film that will is being directed by the sometimes bad but usually great Barry Levinson (Rain Man didn’t direct itself to Best Picture). This movie sounds damn good and it’s about damn time Pacino threw himself into something with a little meat on its bones. I was getting sick to death of all the Righteous Kills and 88 Minutes crapfests that he was churning out.
Well, that’s a decent round of casting news I think. Stay tuned for some more tomorrow as MovieChopShop rises from the ashes of the night like a magnificent Phoenix….OR SOME OTHER TOWN IN ARIZONA!