TV Casting News
Idol May Snag a Judge of the Jonas Variety
Okay, so this isn't technically "casting" news, but Nick Jonas is being seriously considered to fill a judge's chair on American Idol. Actually, this is acting news: the singer will have to do one heck of an acting job to convince the world that he knows anything about music. Then again, this is American Idol -- a five-year-old could more accurately critique the singers than a random assortment of celebrities.
Parker Posey Stops by New Girl
Indie darling Parker Posey starred in one of the hands-down greatest episodes of FX's Louie last month, and now she will guest star in the Season 2 premiere of Fox's surprisingly great comedy New Girl when the show returns Sept. 25. Posey plays a "shot girl" at a party, celebrating the removal of Schmidt's penis cast. Fans of the show are probably chuckling at this, while non-viewers are probably confused as all get out.
Greek Starlet Gets Revenge
The beautiful Dilshad Vadsaria must not have had enough meddling in everyone's business with her role in Greek, as she has been cast as Gabriel Mann's new love interest in the upcoming season of Revenge. She'll play a wise-cracking and intelligent employee at Nolan's company, and she's guaranteed to fit right in with the backstabbing world of this soapy drama.
Dark Knight Baddie Stops by Grimm
Josh Stewart, most recently seen as Bane's creepy right-hand man in The Dark Knight Rises, will guest star in a second-season episode of NBC's Grimm, premiering next Monday. What kind of shoddy-CGI'd creature will he play? A Drang-Zorn, which is some kind of badger. To be more specific, a Drang-Zorn named Bill. Is it possible to simultaneously love a show for its off-the-wall aspirations and hate it for the sheer silliness of it all?
Natasha Lyonne Lands Mystery Role on Weeds Finale
Most of the details surrounding the series finale of Showtime's Weeds are shrouded in secrecy, but one bit of info has surfaced: Natasha Lyonne of American Pie fame has been cast in the Sept. 16 two-part episode. Lyonne's dry sensibility should be right at home on the dramedy.
Movie Casting News
Bale Straps On His Cowboy Boots for The Creed of Violence
Wouldn't it be a nice change of pace to see Christian Bale as a wholesome father figure or a quirky bookstore owner in a romantic comedy? With Batman behind him, Bale will star as a ruthless assassin in Todd Field's upcoming western The Creed of Violence. The director's last film, Little Children, was a beautifully handled drama, and this is Bale's second western outing after the solid 3:10 to Yuma. While it would be great to see the actor branching out, this is stacking up to be a great film.
Jennifer Lawrence Goes to The Ends of the Earth
Judging by her body of work so far, it looks like Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is trying to cover each and every genre within her first five years of Hollywood success. She will star in the sweeping epic romance The Ends of the Earth, based on the true story of oil businessman E.W. Marland and his wife Lydie Roberts, who lost their entire fortune during the hard economic times of the early 20th century. Mickey Rourke Returns to Sin City and Battles Gerard Butler in Motor City
Just as soon as Mickey Rourke made his big comeback with stellar turns in Sin City and The Wrestler, the actor had to go and screw it all up (i.e. Immortals, Iron Man 2, Passion Play). But it looks like he is back in the game; Rourke will star in the sequel Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, and will fend off against Gerard Butler in the revenge thriller Motor City. It'd be nice to see a few more projects in the vein of The Wrestler, but hey, we'll take what we can get.
Two High-Profile Projects for Kevin Costner
Speaking of assassins, Kevin Costner will play a terminally ill hitman looking to reunite with his daughter in the Luc Besson-produced thriller Three Days To Kill. But don't get your hopes up: McG may wield the camera for this one. If this project doesn't pan out, Costner will likely find guaranteed success in the Kenneth Branagh-directed Jack Ryan reboot, playing a veteran agent and a mentor to a young Ryan, played by Chris Pine. Stack these on top of Costner's role as Pa Kent in the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel, and it looks like the '90s superstar is looking to make a big comeback.