• Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises) will star in the secretive project In The Future from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty). The two-time Oscar winner (for Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules) is currently working on Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi adventure Interstellar. Caine also has a part in Brad Anderson’s Eliza Graves (based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story) with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, and Ben Kingsley. [Variety]
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Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) is set to join the ensemble cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
According to Deadline’s report, Close will play a Nova Corps leader in director James Gunn’s take on the series, and star alongside Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, and John C. Reilly, who recently joined the cast to play the part of Rhomann Dey. Marvel fans may be excited to learn that Nova Corps will have a role in the big screen adaptation of Guardians. For the uninitiated, Nova Corps is an intergalactic police force that appears throughout the Marvel universe.
Though Close takes on diverse roles, she often ends up portraying serious, driven, and borderline psychotic types — even in farces like Mars Attacks. This will be her first foray into the world of blockbuster comic book adaptations, but Close has a number of other projects on the horizon too. Since Damages has come to an end, Close has had the opportunity to get back into features and is currently working on the Joe Albany biopic Low Down with Game of Thrones stars Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage, and 5 to 7 with Frank Langella, Anton Yelchin and Olivia Thirlby.
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Casting Net: Daniel Radcliffe to play American reporter in 'Tokyo Vice'; Plus Reese Witherspoon, more
• In case you chose to forget about Equus and Kill Your Darlings, we’re just here to remind you that Daniel Radcliffe is really never going back to his Harry Potter days. He’s just lined up a new project: an adaptation of Jake Adelstein’s Tokyo Vice, a non-fiction account of Adelstein’s work as an American crime journalist in Japan. Music video director Anthony Mandler (Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds”) will helm the feature, and playwright J.T. Rogers will write the script. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Michelle Williams eyeing thriller 'The Double Hour.' Plus: Joel Edgerton, Barbara Hershey, Glenn Close
• Michelle Williams is in negotiations to headline The Double Hour, a thriller that tracks a maid and a former cop whose budding romance via a speed date runs afoul of a dangerous gang. The remake of the 2009 Italian film La Doppia Ora will be written and directed by Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace). [TheWrap]
• Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty) is in talks for Jane Got a Gun, playing the head of a dangerous gang — they’re everywhere these days! — who threatens the criminal husband of a young woman (Natalie Portman). Michael Fassbender costars as the woman’s ex who helps her out of their tough scrape. Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) is directing from a script by first-time screenwriter Brian Duffield. [Deadline]
• Barbara Hershey has joined Insidious Chapter 2, reprising her role as the mother of Patrick Wilson‘s character. Costar Rose Byrne, director James Wan, and screenwriter Leigh Whannell are all returning. They just can’t get enough of child demon possession! [Deadline]
• Glenn Close and Nick Nolte have signed on to Always on My Mind, about a former rock star (Nolte) and his wife (Close) dealing with his Alzheimer’s disease. Rock of Ages creator Chris D’Arienzo is directing from his script. [Variety]
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Casting Net: Dennis Haysbert takes on Michael Clarke Duncan’s role in ‘Sin City 2.’ Plus: Timothy Olyphant, Giancarlo Esposito, Ben Whishaw
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Casting Net: Ewan McGregor to star in heist thriller 'Son of a Gun.' Plus: Penelope Cruz, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Schwartzman, James Franco
• Ewan McGregor is set to star in the Australian heist thriller Son of a Gun, playing Australia’s public enemy no. 1, who takes on a protege. Up-and-coming director Julius Avery is helming the project from his own original screenplay. The movie is being touted as a cross between gritty Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom and Michael Mann’s bank robbery opus Heat. McGregor has already been reaping critical accolades for his role as a father and husband in the upcoming tsunami drama The Impossible with Naomi Watts. [THR]
• Penelope Cruz is in talks to star in a film titled Gucci, about the Italian family at the core of the iconic fashion brand. The movie is being directed by Ridley Scott’s daughter Jordan Scott, and has apparently gone through several iterations already, with Ridley Scott himself at first on board as director in 2006, with a script by Andrea Berloff, and other writers brought in since then. The brand’s founder’s grandson, Maurizio Gucci, was shot to death in 1995, and his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani was later imprisoned for the murder. [TheWrap.com]
• Ryan Reynolds is attached to headline Battle for Bonneville, with Jon Favreau set to direct. The film, written by Dan Gilroy, who co-wrote The Bourne Legacy, is about real-life half-brothers and race-track rivals Art and Walt Arfons, who joined forces to set world speed records. The ever-busy Favreau is also currently in pre-production on a film adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys, about the Four Seasons. [Deadline]
• Jason Schwartzman has confirmed he will indeed be in Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel. No big surprise there, considering Schwartzman has starred in several of Anderson films, including Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited, plus this year’s Moonrise Kingdom. Details have been murky about Hotel, but we do know that it’s set in Europe, and that Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Owen Wilson, and Jude Law are also attached. Anderson is directing from his own script. [Movies.com]
• James Franco, Glenn Close, and Brit Marling are set to star in The Grace that Keeps This World, an adaptation of Tom Bailey’s novel about a father and his sons prepping for hunting season, and a young cop’s investigation into hunting violations that unearths family differences. Azazel Jacobs will direct from a screenplay by Matthew Aldrich. [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Anne Hathaway joins Mindy Kaling-penned comedy. Plus: Ron Perlman, Paul Dano
As two leading contenders for this season’s Best Actress awards, Albert Nobbs star Glenn Close and Martha Marcy May Marlene breakout Elizabeth Olsen will definitely be seeing a lot of each other over the next few months. And after the awards season ends, the pair will go head-to-head for the period drama Therese Raquin. A source close to the production tells EW exclusively that Close and Olsen will costar in the film, based on the 19th century novel and play by Emile Zola. It’s set to shoot in the spring.
Described as a dark, erotic thriller, the film, set in Paris in 1867, follows young Therese (Olsen), who is forced by her aunt, Madame Raquin (Close), into a loveless marriage to her sick, spoiled first cousin. Therese soon becomes obsessed with her husband’s friend Laurent and is pulled into a devastating affair with him that unravels all of their lives. Close has been attached to the project for years; the role of Laurent has yet to be cast.
Therese Raquin will be directed by Charlie Stratton, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation. The film is being produced by Mickey Liddell (The Grey) and William Horberg (The Kite Runner).
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