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02.01.2011

Lots of casting morsels to report on today for a variety of projects. I figured let's just cram them all into one article to ease your perusal. So, what's going on?

- Joaquin Phoenix, back again sans unkempt hair and hobo beard, is said to be the frontrunner to play the mentor role of 'Henry Sturges' in ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. The role would feature him instructing the young 16th President (the recently cast Benjamin Walker) in the art of undead ass-kicking. [Via Deadline]

- John Malkovich and Catherine Keener, may reunite for the first time since 1999's BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. The two are attached to star in an indie comedy from director Jesse Peretz (MY IDIOT BROTHER, which our own Chris Bumbray really enjoyed) titled WHAT'S THIS S%^@ CALLED LOVE? The film "centers on a teenage boy who's contemplating coming out. But in a twist, his ultra-progressive family actually wants to celebrate the boy's newfound sexuality, while all the boy wants is to be left alone." The progressive parents would be played by Malkovich and Keener. [Via LA Times]

- Tyler Perry will inexplicably be starring in I, ALEX CROSS playing the title character who first appeared in a series of books written by novelist James Patterson (the role has previously been embodied by Morgan Freeman in the films KISS THE GIRLS and ALONG CAME A SPIDER). The action film, to be directed by Rob Cohen (STEALTH, XXX), will tell of the origins of the detective/psychologist. [Via Variety]

- Kodi Smit-McPhee (LET ME IN, THE ROAD) will be starring in the THE CONGRESS, a futuristic sci-fi film from WALTZ WITH BASHIR director Ari Folman. The film is based on author Stanislaw Lem's novel The Futurological Congress (he also wrote Solaris which spawned two film adaptations) which is about a man "who is propelled into a world where hallucinogenic drugs have replaced reality." The Playlist adds that the film has taken that idea and expanded it into a story about "the world of an actress [to be played by Robin Wright]. She's in decline because the studios just sampled her and they kept using her image. She walks into the future, which is a world that is totally controlled by the manufacture of psychiatric pharmacology products." [Via We Got This Covered by way of The Playlist]

- Alex Pettyfer (I AM NUMBER FOUR) has been offered the lead role in the adaptation of THE LAST APPRENTICE from director Sergey Bodrov (MONGOL: THE RISE OF GENGHIS KHAN, NOMAD), "about a teenage boy training to be an exorcist in the 1700s." Oscar nominees Jeff Bridges (TRUE GRIT) and Jennifer Lawrence (WINTER'S BONE) have already been offered the roles of the exorcist and a suspected witch respectively. Pettyfer is reportedly ditching a multi-million dollar offer to play the lead in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS for this. [Via Vulture]

- Val Kilmer (MACGRUBER) is reuniting with his REAL GENIUS co-star Jon Gries (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) for DEEP IN THE HEART, an indie film based on the true story "of an alcoholic who reinvented himself as a multimillionaire businessman." Kilmer will play a "Christ-like figure" known as 'The Bearded Man' (a great chance for him to sport his real-life hobo face scruff) that guides Gries' 'Richard Wallrath' back onto the bandwagon. [Via THR]
Extra Tidbit: Tyler Perry in an action movie? THIS Tyler Perry?? WUT???
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12:23AM on 02/02/2011

TYLER PERRY...

is a gigantic burnt turd piece of shit no talent hack who is apparently funny as shit but in reality is literally funny as shit. Fuck you Tyler Perry, go grab Uwe Boll and jump off a bridge into a pool filled with man eating sharks with laser beams. Stupid fuckwad.

edit: and I have no idea what this Alex Cross thing or whatever is, my comment is unrelated to that, rather just generally about the walking piece of shit known as Tyler [link] Perry.
is a gigantic burnt turd piece of shit no talent hack who is apparently funny as shit but in reality is literally funny as shit. Fuck you Tyler Perry, go grab Uwe Boll and jump off a bridge into a pool filled with man eating sharks with laser beams. Stupid fuckwad.

edit: and I have no idea what this Alex Cross thing or whatever is, my comment is unrelated to that, rather just generally about the walking piece of shit known as Tyler [link] Perry.
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10:49PM on 02/01/2011
Glad to see Joaquin with some casting news, I look forward to the rest of his career
Glad to see Joaquin with some casting news, I look forward to the rest of his career
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1:48PM on 02/01/2011

I just don't get Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry brings in a butt load of money for his niche movies. He has an inexplicable following and every low-budget piece-of-crap teleplay that he graces with his name and "Presents" sells. He's ignited a new genre and brought a whole new market to the theaters.

It's no wonder the studios want to give him a mainstream role - there's a built in base audience as a failsafe - the gross can only go up!
Tyler Perry brings in a butt load of money for his niche movies. He has an inexplicable following and every low-budget piece-of-crap teleplay that he graces with his name and "Presents" sells. He's ignited a new genre and brought a whole new market to the theaters.

It's no wonder the studios want to give him a mainstream role - there's a built in base audience as a failsafe - the gross can only go up!
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1:47PM on 02/01/2011
Alex Cross is black...
Alex Cross is black...
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1:33PM on 02/01/2011
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Tyler Perry as Alex Cross? I really don't know what's the worst news lately. This, Eastwood directing Beyonce, or Seth Rogen doing a road trip comedy with Barbra Streisand. WTF is going on in the world?

BTW, I thought they were going with Idris Elba?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Tyler Perry as Alex Cross? I really don't know what's the worst news lately. This, Eastwood directing Beyonce, or Seth Rogen doing a road trip comedy with Barbra Streisand. WTF is going on in the world?

BTW, I thought they were going with Idris Elba?
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11:02AM on 02/01/2011
Tyler Perry as Alex Cross directed by Rob Cohen?!?! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! If that's not bullshit, then I understand Perry has enough clout to maybe swing that, but Rob Cohen? XXX Rob Cohen? Stealth Rob Cohen? Mummy 3 Rob Cohen? About to fuck up the Monster Squad Rob Cohen? How does he still get work? Ah, he gives the gift of the golden BJ. Other than that, The Congress sounds cool.
Tyler Perry as Alex Cross directed by Rob Cohen?!?! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! If that's not bullshit, then I understand Perry has enough clout to maybe swing that, but Rob Cohen? XXX Rob Cohen? Stealth Rob Cohen? Mummy 3 Rob Cohen? About to fuck up the Monster Squad Rob Cohen? How does he still get work? Ah, he gives the gift of the golden BJ. Other than that, The Congress sounds cool.
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10:40AM on 02/01/2011

Oh Come On Guys...

We Can Paint Perry With Freemans Signature Freckles, Give Him Voice & Acting Lessons And This Movie Will Be AWESOME. Nah, Who Am I Kidding? I Call SHENANIGANS!
We Can Paint Perry With Freemans Signature Freckles, Give Him Voice & Acting Lessons And This Movie Will Be AWESOME. Nah, Who Am I Kidding? I Call SHENANIGANS!
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9:55AM on 02/01/2011
I'm just happy to see Val Kilmer and especially Joaquin Phoenix in more movies again.
I'm just happy to see Val Kilmer and especially Joaquin Phoenix in more movies again.
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9:21AM on 02/01/2011
Besides the supposed Tyler Perry casting, everything else seems fine to me.

Actually, I hope Perry's casting is true, because it could be a hilariously bad role.
Besides the supposed Tyler Perry casting, everything else seems fine to me.

Actually, I hope Perry's casting is true, because it could be a hilariously bad role.
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8:07AM on 02/01/2011
Tyler Perry as Alex Cross,Any fan of the books should be fucking pissed off right now.
Tyler Perry as Alex Cross,Any fan of the books should be fucking pissed off right now.
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5:04AM on 02/01/2011
What? You don't want Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Murdered?
What? You don't want Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Murdered?
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4:58AM on 02/01/2011

Tyler Perry........not in a million years

I call bullshit on this casting news. Last August, Idris Elba was reported by Deadline to have won the role of Alex Cross in the reboot of the series. Tyler Perry got lucky with the Star Trek cameo. This is out of his league.
I call bullshit on this casting news. Last August, Idris Elba was reported by Deadline to have won the role of Alex Cross in the reboot of the series. Tyler Perry got lucky with the Star Trek cameo. This is out of his league.
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4:57AM on 02/01/2011

Tyler Perry........not in a million years

I call bullshit on this casting news. Last August, Idris Elba was reported by Deadline to have won the role of Alex Cross in the reboot of the series. Tyler Perry got lucky with the Star Trek cameo. This is out of his league.
I call bullshit on this casting news. Last August, Idris Elba was reported by Deadline to have won the role of Alex Cross in the reboot of the series. Tyler Perry got lucky with the Star Trek cameo. This is out of his league.
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