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Casting round-up: New additions to Gods of Egypt, Fifty Shades of Grey and Finding Dory

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Got some interesting casting news for you this morning for three very different movies: Alex Proyas' GODS OF EGYPT, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and Pixar's FINDING DORY.

Let's start with GODS OF EGYPT. Deadline has learned Brenton Thwaites has signed on for a lead role in the film that also stars Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush and Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Thwaites will play a human thief named Bek who teams up with Coster-Waldeau's character to defeat Set (Butler), the ancient Egyptian god of the desert, storms, and foreigners. Brenton Thwaites has landed some excellent roles lately: he also star in the upcoming MALEFICENT with Angelina Jolie and THE GIVER with Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. No word yet on a release date for GODS OF EGYPT.

Deadline is also reporting Jennifer Ehle (ZERO DARK THIRTY, CONTAGION) has been cast in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY as Carla, Anastasia Steel's (Dakota Johnson) mother. The Sam Taylor-Johnson directed film stars Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey and it's apparently an adaptation of a popular book I've never heard of. Jennifer Ehle was also recently cast in the Phillip Martin heist film THE FORGER starring Anson Mount and Abigail Spencer.  FIFTY SHADES OF GREY will be in theaters August 1st, 2014.

Total Film recently talked to the great Willem Dafoe and he confirmed he will return as the voice of the moorish idol Gil in Pixar's sequel to FINDING NEMO, FINDING DORY. Dafoe has already started work on the sequel, and of course says it's going to be better than the first.

“Yeah I’ve already started,” Dafoe says. “It’s even better than the first. It’s fantastic. It’s good to say I think it’s going to be better than the first; that’s good advertising!”

FINDING DORY is scheduled to hit theaters on June 17th, 2016.

Extra Tidbit: I love Alex Proyas' early work like DARK CITY and THE CROW, but his last couple of films have been pretty disappointing. How high are your expectations for GODS OF EGYPT?
Source: DeadlineTotal Film

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3:03PM on 10/08/2013
I'm still pretty fucking pissed about the fact that the adaption of Paradise Lost by Proyas fell through. The cast was great, and it definitely could have been something special. This next movie he is doing could be good, but I'm still disappointed.

I don't really give a shit about 50 Shades of Grey, but I am kind of excited for Finding Dory.
I'm still pretty fucking pissed about the fact that the adaption of Paradise Lost by Proyas fell through. The cast was great, and it definitely could have been something special. This next movie he is doing could be good, but I'm still disappointed.

I don't really give a shit about 50 Shades of Grey, but I am kind of excited for Finding Dory.
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1:17PM on 10/08/2013
I can see Nemo & Marlin running into Gil & Marlin getting jealous of the badass his son looks up to...
I can see Nemo & Marlin running into Gil & Marlin getting jealous of the badass his son looks up to...
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1:05PM on 10/08/2013

Proyas

I totally get why people didn't, but I really liked Knowing.
I totally get why people didn't, but I really liked Knowing.
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12:51PM on 10/08/2013

I sadly agree about Proyas

He and Andrew Nichols (Gattaca, Lord of War) were two directors I had very high hopes for who's recent films have devolved into mediocre garbage. Gods of Egypt itself doesn't fill me with too much hope, but I'm holding my fingers that one of these days they'll both get back to making smart, original sci-fi again.
He and Andrew Nichols (Gattaca, Lord of War) were two directors I had very high hopes for who's recent films have devolved into mediocre garbage. Gods of Egypt itself doesn't fill me with too much hope, but I'm holding my fingers that one of these days they'll both get back to making smart, original sci-fi again.
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6:30PM on 10/08/2013
I like to think Andrew Niccol can still save himself. Truman Show, GATTACA, and Lord or War are all movies a love, so I want him to find his footing again.
I like to think Andrew Niccol can still save himself. Truman Show, GATTACA, and Lord or War are all movies a love, so I want him to find his footing again.
11:33PM on 10/08/2013
I agree. He did three really solid films in a row, but In Time was really, REALLY freaking bad. I wanted to like that movie so much, but it was just not good, especially when compared to his earlier films, and unfortunately The Host was another very bad film. I think he has a definite possibility of turning things around, but his last two have been worse than anything Proyas has done in my book and then I look at directors like Rob Reiner who directed several amazing films in a row and then
I agree. He did three really solid films in a row, but In Time was really, REALLY freaking bad. I wanted to like that movie so much, but it was just not good, especially when compared to his earlier films, and unfortunately The Host was another very bad film. I think he has a definite possibility of turning things around, but his last two have been worse than anything Proyas has done in my book and then I look at directors like Rob Reiner who directed several amazing films in a row and then settled into a career of absolute garbage for the past 2 decades.
11:50AM on 10/08/2013
Dafoe needs to be in more films. Can't wait to see him in Out of the Furnace.
Dafoe needs to be in more films. Can't wait to see him in Out of the Furnace.
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10:55AM on 10/08/2013
I'm really glad Dafoe is back. Gill in Finding Nemo is one of my favourite of his roles, because he wasn't playing the bad guy, he was playing the gruff but kind-hearted mentor, which is a little against type for him. Glad he'll be back in the sequel.
I'm really glad Dafoe is back. Gill in Finding Nemo is one of my favourite of his roles, because he wasn't playing the bad guy, he was playing the gruff but kind-hearted mentor, which is a little against type for him. Glad he'll be back in the sequel.
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10:26AM on 10/08/2013
Willem Dafoe in any movie is a OK in my book.
Willem Dafoe in any movie is a OK in my book.
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