Lots of cool casting news to get excited about. So get excited, damn it.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Barry Levinson’s Jack Kevorkian biopic You Don’t Know Jack just landed another a-lister in Danny Huston, adding to the tally that already includes Al Pacino (as Kevorkian), Susan Sarandon and John Goodman. No word on who Huston will play yet, but probably someone seemingly benevolent but masking wicked intentions. He’s good in those roles.
We missed the boat last week when Javier Bardem dropped out of Oliver Stone’s Money Never Sleeps, a followup to his 1987 classic of eighties decadence Wall Street. Deadline Hollywood Daily reported that Bardem’s role of villainous hedge fund manager is going to now be played by Josh Brolin, who most recently worked with Stone playing everyone’s favorite president in W. The film will feature Michael Douglas reprising his iconic role of Gordon Gekko, playing mentor to his daughter’s fiancee, a young trader played by Shia LeBeouf, who finally gets a chance to not be Steven Spielberg’s puppet.
And the Hollywood Reporter also reported that the ragingly hot Mila Kunis (That 70s Show, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Macauley Culkin’s lady) is in talks to be in Darren Aronofsky’s new psychological thriller Black Swan. The film will star Natalie Portman as a veteran ballerina who engages in an intense rivalry with another dancer, possibly to be played by Kunis, as they approach a big performance. It’s Aronofsky, so nothing is that straightforward, and there is the possiblity that both dancers are delusional and there are lots of twists and stuff and everything gets very Lynchian, which isn’t a bad thing at all. I think this movie sounds very cool; Aronofsky hasn’t missed his mark yet and I look forward to seeing it.
That’s all folks. And remember to stay excited.