Thursday, April 2, 2009

Casting news: the 'Jonah Hex', 'Inception', and 'The Losers' edition

Will Arnett and Michael Shannon have been cast in the adaptation of Jonah Hex. Arnett will play a Union soldier in a non-comedic role. It seems like a strange choice for a comedian like Arnett - though I wouldn't categorize the majority of his films as actually being comedic. Sure the intent of his films are to make people laugh, but the films he makes are painfully unfunny. Though, I'm still working on a reason for why I am desperately in love with the man. Casting Michael Shannon as Doc Cross Williams isn't nearly as much of a departure. I look forward to his eccentric take on things. The casting though, seems very all over the place. I can't tell if this is the greatest casting I've seen in a long time, or the most bizarre cast of characters ever put on screen. Both actors join a cast that includes John Malkovich and Megan Fox. Filming is set to begin later this month in Louisiana. [Empire]

Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, and Ellen Page are in negotiations to join Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan's Inception. Production will start this summer and the film is set to open July 16, 2010. Almost everyone involved with this film has either been nominated for an Oscar or won the thing. Except for poor Cillian Murphy, who was robbed for Breakfast on Pluto. Someone please nominate the guy already. [Variety via Nolan Fans]

Idris Elba and Zoe Saldana are in talks to star in the film version of Vertigo/DC comic, The Losers. Both actors will play members of a Special Forces team, with Elba playing mercenary Roque while Saldana will play Aisha. I will probably watch anything if Idris Elba is in it. The past two episodes of him guest starring on The Office have been pure bliss. [Empire]

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