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Casting round-up: New gigs for Kevin Costner, Colin Firth, Sam Worthington, and Alexander Skarsgard (as The Crow?)

Apr. 29, 2013by:

Got quite a few casting announcements today, so I put together a nice little one-stop round-up to capture it all. First up is Kevin Costner, who has been making a solid climb back to the top after hanging back out of the trenches for a long while, with projects like MAN OF STEEL and JACK RYAN on the slate for this year, the actor is lining up a number of high-profile pics to follow. The Oscar winner recently wrapped McG's THREE DAYS TO KILL and is currently filming Ivan Reitman's DRAFT DAY alongside co-stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, and Terry Crews. Now, the actor is signed to return to the big screen for director Mike Binder in BLACK AND WHITE, in which he "plays a grandfather, widowed after the car crash death of his wife, who has raised his own bi-racial granddaughter since his daughter died in childbirth. The child’s paternal grandmother surfaces to wage a custody battle over the little girl, and the thrust becomes about race and where she should grow up." The duo previously worked on the excellent pic THE UPSIDE OF ANGER in 2005.

Next up is Colin Firth, who earlier today was announced as taking the role of Uncle Jack in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of THE SECRET SERVICE, and is now in the running to lead Woody Allen's next project, co-starring the lovely Emma Stone. No details on the pic yet, but you can rest assured there will be nervous chatter abound, for which Firth is a wonderful fit.

AVATAR lead man Sam Worthington, who has had a rough go when not employed by James Cameron, is slated to tackle THE KEEPING ROOM from HARRY BROWN director Daniel Barber. The story is "set in the dying days of the Civil War, Worthington plays a soldier who has broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army and encounters women who have been left to fend for themselves." Worthington recently wrapped David Ayers TEN, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Lastly, we have a rumored involvement, as it appears that the discussions of Tom Hiddleston as THE CROW may have been exaggerated if the latest rumblings dispelling his involvement (as well as Alex Pettyfor's vie for 50 SHADES OF GREY) are true. This has prompted a new rumor, involving True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard as the new possibility, since the actor's schedule recently opened up after David Yates' TARZAN was shelved and he characteristically fits the profile. I could certainly see it, but Hiddleston would've been an inspired choice. Nothing set in stone on that one, so we'll update accordingly.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think of Skarsgard as Eric Draven?
Source: DeadlineDeadline

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9:54AM on 04/30/2013
Can't wait for Draft Day, which also has cast Sean Combs, FYI. Costner plays the GM of my poor team, the CLEVELAND BROWNS. Dennis Leary plays the coach.
Can't wait for Draft Day, which also has cast Sean Combs, FYI. Costner plays the GM of my poor team, the CLEVELAND BROWNS. Dennis Leary plays the coach.
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1:20AM on 04/30/2013
McG at the helm of Three Days to Kill doesn't exactly inspire confidence, but the cast does sound pretty cool so far: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard.
McG at the helm of Three Days to Kill doesn't exactly inspire confidence, but the cast does sound pretty cool so far: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard.
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1:17AM on 04/30/2013
That "Black and White" movie sounds awful...like there's too much going on. Did his wife NEED to die in a car crash to tell the story?
That "Black and White" movie sounds awful...like there's too much going on. Did his wife NEED to die in a car crash to tell the story?
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10:08AM on 04/30/2013
Well, it might be important in the context of the movie. The guy is an old man, he's lost his wife, he's lost his daughter, and now he might be losing his granddaughter, his only family he has left. So he's going to fight for what gives his life purpose. And maybe that leads into another point in the movie that love is not conditional on race or gender or sex, etc.

I dunno, I'm just rambling. Could be total bullshit too. Mike Binder is also the guy that made Reign Over Me with Adam
Well, it might be important in the context of the movie. The guy is an old man, he's lost his wife, he's lost his daughter, and now he might be losing his granddaughter, his only family he has left. So he's going to fight for what gives his life purpose. And maybe that leads into another point in the movie that love is not conditional on race or gender or sex, etc.

I dunno, I'm just rambling. Could be total bullshit too. Mike Binder is also the guy that made Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle...which was only ok at best.
11:29PM on 04/29/2013
Skaarsgard would be perfect casting. The guy has shown he has the chops to pull it off from True Blood, Generation Kill, and Straw Dogs. Plus he's got the height, build, and stamina.

As of right now I really hope Skaarsgard or Middleston get it. Hopefully this doesn't turn into another Captain America or Star Lord casting contest.
Skaarsgard would be perfect casting. The guy has shown he has the chops to pull it off from True Blood, Generation Kill, and Straw Dogs. Plus he's got the height, build, and stamina.

As of right now I really hope Skaarsgard or Middleston get it. Hopefully this doesn't turn into another Captain America or Star Lord casting contest.
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1:21AM on 04/30/2013
Not a knock against you, but "Middleston" suddenly put the image of Princess Kate in the Crow makeup in my head.
Not a knock against you, but "Middleston" suddenly put the image of Princess Kate in the Crow makeup in my head.
10:58PM on 04/29/2013

Alexander Skarsgard would make a great Crow

He's 6'4" so he has the height and physique. Plus, he's shown he can be both menacing and sympathetic on TRUE BLOOD.
I've always like Colin Firth, so I look forward to seeing him in more roles. Nice to see Kevin Costner come back, too.
He's 6'4" so he has the height and physique. Plus, he's shown he can be both menacing and sympathetic on TRUE BLOOD.
I've always like Colin Firth, so I look forward to seeing him in more roles. Nice to see Kevin Costner come back, too.
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10:54PM on 04/29/2013
Skarsgaard can do creepy & menacing, sure... but I still think Tom Hiddleston is a better fit for the role.

And yes, of course it's a better love story than Twilight.
Skarsgaard can do creepy & menacing, sure... but I still think Tom Hiddleston is a better fit for the role.

And yes, of course it's a better love story than Twilight.
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10:24PM on 04/29/2013
I do like the idea of Colin Firth in the Woody Allen role. Seems a very fitting match.
I do like the idea of Colin Firth in the Woody Allen role. Seems a very fitting match.
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9:52PM on 04/29/2013
Skarsgard is probably the best choice for this new Crow movie yet. If they have to make it, that is.
Skarsgard is probably the best choice for this new Crow movie yet. If they have to make it, that is.
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