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Casting round-up!

07.25.2003

There was just waaaaay too much news for one man to cover today (Mr. Sampson - he makes me call him that - is off for the next week or so, recovering from the debilitating realization that he missed yet another Comi-Con), so I'm gonna have to do something a little unorthodox here at JoBlo, and give you folks a quick little "round-up" of the rest of today's casting news. So here it goes:

Samantha Mathis gets Punished!
Doesn't that title just send tingly feelings to the nether-reaches of your nether-region? You remember little Sammi Mathis right? She's the one that showed Christian Slater, and the rest of us impressionable youth, her "goodies" in the character molding PUMP UP THE VOLUME. Yeah, you remember! Well, Mathis, Will Patton, James Carpinello, Mark Collie, Ben Foster, John Pinette, Eddie Jamison and Russell Andrews have all been hired to round out the cast of THE PUNISHER. Pretty boy Thomas Jane, pretty girl Rebecca Romjin Stamos, pretty old John Travolta and the rest of the cast start shooting next week in Tampa, Florida.

Gyllenhaal gets Proof!
Jake Gyllenhaal, the brooding young lad from the brilliant DONNIE DARKO who is, or was, or is once again schtuping Kirsten Dunst, is thisclose to signing on to star opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the stage-to-screen adaptation of David Ashburn's play PROOF. Paltrow is set to reprise the role she portrayed on the London stage as the daughter of a recently deceased mathematician who must deal with the legacies of brilliance and madness her father left her. John Madden will direct the film through a series of telestrator drawings superimposed on the dailies... Oh, that's a different John Madden? Never mind!

Stockwell's got the Blues
Director John Stockwell has left the Pierce Brosnan & Salma Hayek Heist/Drama film AFTER THE SUNSET blaming creative differences and will instead follow up his surfer girl flick BLUE CRUSH with yet another film with blue in the title. INTO THE BLUE is about the battle that erupts between a group of vacationing twenty-somethings and some treasure hunters when they simultaneously stumble across a shipwreck.

Rodriguez is under Control
Speaking of BLUE CRUSH, Michelle Rodriguez has signed on to star opposite Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe in director Tim Hunter (RIVER'S EDGE)'s CONTROL, which starts filming August 10. The film is about a Death Row inmate who is about to be executed but is offered a reprieve if he participates in a behavioral modification program.

McConaughey feeling very Zahn
All-around goofball Steve Zahn has signed on to play Al Giordino, the steadfast sidekick to Matthew McConaughey's Dirk Pitt character in the first film to feature Clive Cussler's underwater adventurer and his co-horts at NUMA. The film, titled SAHARA, will follow Pitt as he battles to prevent the assassination of a U.N. scientist investigating a raging epidemic in North Africa that threatens to extinguish life in the world's seas. If you ask me, Zahn is a pretty bizarre choice to play the supposedly stocky, muscular and very much Italian Giordino, but the filmmakers are obviously focusing on the comedic side of Pitt's right-hand-man as opposed to his looks.

Interpreting Kidman's moves
In head scratching news, Nicole Kidman is actually being touted to take on a role as opposed to dropping one. Sydney Pollack is looking to hop back into the director's chair with THE INTERPRETER, and he has Kidman in mind for the lead. The film follows a U.N. interpreter who overhears an assassination plot and becomes a target. She and a federal agent try to stop the murder of an African leader. Pollack and Kidman have worked together many times and in various forms, most recently as producer and star of the upcoming Civil War film COLD MOUNTAIN, in which the ex-missus Cruise stars with Jude Law and Renée Zellweger.

Scorsese's Aviator flying along
According to Dark Horizons, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe, Alan Alda, Frances Conroy, Rufus Wainwright, and Josie Maran have all joined the cast of Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes Biopic (that's the one with Leo DiCaprio in the lead role), THE AVIATOR. Through a scooper, the site has learned that Alda will play Owen Brewster, a U.S. Senator whom Howard Hughes accused of blackmail, while Conroy will play the mother of Katherine Hepburn. Rufus Wainwright will be a singer at the famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub and Josie Maran will play a woman who has an affair with Hughes.

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