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Mass of casting: Eckhart, Sean Bean, Jean Reno, Tom Jane, Kiefer, Total Recall

May. 10, 2011by: Dave Davis

Rather than cram the whole hoagie down your throat, here are a few nibbles of casting news:

- Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean and AnnaSophia Robb (SOUL SURFER) will star in PAN, a dark retelling of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan". Eckhart plays Hook, a tormented former detective on the trail of a childlike kidnapper. Sean Bean will be Smee, the chief detective and Hook’s only ally on the force. Robb will portray Wendy, the lone survivor who leaves an asylum to help in the hunt. Ben Hibon is directing (Guillermo del Toro had been involved years ago). [Screen Daily]

- Jean Reno (LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL, RONIN) has joined I, ALEX CROSS, the adaptation of James Patterson's book. Rob Cohen (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, STEALTH) is directing, with often fat-suited cross-dresser Tyler Perry in the lead role (the vastly superior Idris Elba was once attached to the relaunch of the character, previously played by Morgan Freeman in KISS THE GIRLS and ALONG CAME A SPIDER).

The novel saw Cross leaving the FBI to open up a private psychology practice, and trying to stop The Butcher, a serial rapist/murderer who may be somehow connected to the murder of Alex's wife. [Variety]

- Kiefer Sutherland, Gerard Depardieu, Til Schweiger, Thomas Jane, Johnny Hallyday, Jon Lovitz and Eric Cantona, along with French actors Jean Luc Couchard, Nora Arnezeder and Patrice Cols, will star in SLEIGHT OF HAND. Brad Mirman will direct (he also recently directed Sutherland's webseries THE CONFESSION).

The action-comedy revolves around "a crew of small time crooks in Paris, who inadvertently end up possessing a rare gold coin belonging to a notorious French gangster. The leader of the crew calls his uncle (Depardieu), a retired criminal, to help them raise the money to repay the gangster. The series of mix-ups and double crosses culminate as the gangs are pit face to face, chasing through Paris." [Cannes]

- Ethan Hawke will have an undisclosed role in the remake of TOTAL RECALL, directed by Len Wiseman (UNDERWORLD, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD). Colin Farrell takes over for Arnie in the new version of Phillip K. Dick's sci-fi story, which this time "ditches the Martian storyline and instead involves nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai, with Douglas Quaid (Farrell) a factory worker in the latter who begins to believe he is a spy, although he doesn't know for which side."

The update features Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") as the main villain, with Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel up for the two leading lady roles. [THR]

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2:53PM on 05/11/2011

I, Alex Cross

I thought Tyler Perry as Alex Cross was a joke?? he's actually been cast?! Idris Elba is the shit, that movie could have boosted him immensely. He's the British Sam Jackson. bad form.
I thought Tyler Perry as Alex Cross was a joke?? he's actually been cast?! Idris Elba is the shit, that movie could have boosted him immensely. He's the British Sam Jackson. bad form.
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1:04PM on 05/11/2011
Bravo! They've managed to cast two of the worst actors on earth for Total Recall. Ethan Hawke's about as exciting as watching paint dry.
Bravo! They've managed to cast two of the worst actors on earth for Total Recall. Ethan Hawke's about as exciting as watching paint dry.
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1:37PM on 05/11/2011
You obviously haven't seen the right Ethan Hawke movies. Before Sunrise? Before Sunset? Gattaca?
You obviously haven't seen the right Ethan Hawke movies. Before Sunrise? Before Sunset? Gattaca?
2:36PM on 05/11/2011
Don't forget Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
Don't forget Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
5:15PM on 05/13/2011
I enjoyed Gattaca but I knew nothing of Hawke at the time and his emotionless style of acting suited the character. I also liked In Bruges but i need a little more to forget about Swat, Miami Heat,and Phone Booth.
I enjoyed Gattaca but I knew nothing of Hawke at the time and his emotionless style of acting suited the character. I also liked In Bruges but i need a little more to forget about Swat, Miami Heat,and Phone Booth.
9:59AM on 05/11/2011
Pan and Sleight of Hand sounds good.
Pan and Sleight of Hand sounds good.
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8:55AM on 05/11/2011

wait wait wait.....

Bryan Cranston is playing the lead villain in the Total Recall re-make??? I'm THERE!
Bryan Cranston is playing the lead villain in the Total Recall re-make??? I'm THERE!
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8:04AM on 05/11/2011

Pan

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8:56AM on 05/11/2011
really? It actaully sounds sort of interesting. Like what Scott's Robin Hood was supposed to be before it got changed.
really? It actaully sounds sort of interesting. Like what Scott's Robin Hood was supposed to be before it got changed.
6:56AM on 05/11/2011
Wasn't Sam Worthington threatening to do a "darker" version of Peter Pan a month or two ago? Is this the same project, or are we going to get two dark Peter Pan movies now? God knows the world needs two dark Peter Pan movies.
Wasn't Sam Worthington threatening to do a "darker" version of Peter Pan a month or two ago? Is this the same project, or are we going to get two dark Peter Pan movies now? God knows the world needs two dark Peter Pan movies.
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2:44PM on 05/11/2011
Wasn't it Channing Tatum? I remember, because it made me throw up a little.
Wasn't it Channing Tatum? I remember, because it made me throw up a little.
5:22AM on 05/11/2011
When I saw dark retelling of Peter Pan,I was pretty excited. Thoughts of Sleepy Hollow passed through my mind, but to see Hook,one of those all time great villains, would be a good guy killed it for me
When I saw dark retelling of Peter Pan,I was pretty excited. Thoughts of Sleepy Hollow passed through my mind, but to see Hook,one of those all time great villains, would be a good guy killed it for me
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3:22AM on 05/11/2011

Ugh they'll manage to screw this one up

The premise sounds excellent but once the studio presses for a PG13 rating it's gonna end up being far more conventional (ie safe)
The premise sounds excellent but once the studio presses for a PG13 rating it's gonna end up being far more conventional (ie safe)
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2:20AM on 05/11/2011
Awesome casting for Pan, that script has been floating around for awhile. Has the tone of Se7en...
Awesome casting for Pan, that script has been floating around for awhile. Has the tone of Se7en...
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12:09AM on 05/11/2011
Sleight of Hand is definitely on my radar now. Here's hoping it's not a too-clever heist movie. Maybe more in line with classic French crime movies. That's just my personal taste, but, with the exception of Lovitz, these guys are all badasses and I can see this being an awesome flick. I can also see it being a direct-to-DVD turd, so Mr. Mirman, don't screw it up.
Sleight of Hand is definitely on my radar now. Here's hoping it's not a too-clever heist movie. Maybe more in line with classic French crime movies. That's just my personal taste, but, with the exception of Lovitz, these guys are all badasses and I can see this being an awesome flick. I can also see it being a direct-to-DVD turd, so Mr. Mirman, don't screw it up.
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12:05AM on 05/11/2011
Thomas Jane needs more prime roles. That guy is an exceptional actor.
Thomas Jane needs more prime roles. That guy is an exceptional actor.
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11:57PM on 05/10/2011
Jack Bauer vs Alec Treveyln dream come true first remake im even excited about
Jack Bauer vs Alec Treveyln dream come true first remake im even excited about
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12:02AM on 05/11/2011
Umm... did you read the article?
Umm... did you read the article?
11:50PM on 05/10/2011
Hugo Stiglitz, Jack Bauer, and the Punisher. For the duration of filming, France will be safe from Nazis, terrorists, and John Travolta.
Hugo Stiglitz, Jack Bauer, and the Punisher. For the duration of filming, France will be safe from Nazis, terrorists, and John Travolta.
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11:38PM on 05/10/2011

TOM JANE + KIEFER

hell f'n yes!!

oh and I would rather watch another vampire movie than watch another Peter Pan movie... HOOK is where it's at, and where it'll always be at!
hell f'n yes!!

oh and I would rather watch another vampire movie than watch another Peter Pan movie... HOOK is where it's at, and where it'll always be at!
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