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This Is How You Assemble a Damn Cast

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | May 1, 2014 | Comments ()


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Joe Swanberg is doing filmmaking right. His basic methodology seems to be something along the lines of, “I’m gonna write a really cool movie. Then I’m going to cast all my favorite actors who also seem like they’d be super fun to drink with and make them be my friends. We might not make Michael Bay amounts of money, but, in return, I don’t have to be Michael Bay.”

Swanberg came to our attention with Drinking Buddies, and has another movie, Happy Christmas coming out this summer. His next movie, which has just wrapped filming, is called Digging For Fire, and while there are no plot details available yet (except that Swanberg has said “There will be a lot more drinking in it.”), we do know that he has cast these people:

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Wow, Joe Swanberg and I have pretty identical tastes in fantasy BFFs.

Via AV Club.







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  • Art3mis

    Joe Swanberg apparently has a very lily-white list of actors he wants to be friends with. Not a single person of color in Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas, or this?

  • Nathaniel Rogers

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS is *so* good. Also a fan of his casting.

  • KeithaVandehey

    The Movie scene is so very superb and Mind Blowing .
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  • BendinIntheWind

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Sam Rockwell, in all the things, FOREVER PLEASE

    (Incidentally, this also sounds like the weirdest edition of "Clue" ever played. And I want it.)

  • Matt C.

    The Wrap also reports that Jake Johnson is in it/co-wrote it, and is called Digging for Fire, which honestly sounds like a much better title than the generic one you gave it.

  • Guest

    If Cobie Smulders and Sam Rockwell make out in this movie, I will spontaneously grow a second dick and cum for both of them.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I gots me a casting boner for this one.

  • e jerry powell

    Vivian, are you trying to erase everything that Joe Swanberg did before 2013? Because it was a lot, and not all of it is worth watching. Including his gay-for-pay turn in the gay mumblecore "classic" Blackmail Boys. We're talking like, eight years of -- in fairness, subjectively put -- mostly self-indulgent crap.

    That said, I also feel too old, and Swanberg needs to stop plotting betrayals in my garden.

  • Matt C.

    Yeah he does a lot...he's almost like a modern Woody Allen in that he's an actor/writer/director who makes somewhat down to earth relationship comedy/dramas about mostly white people and always gets a great cast and is insanely prolific in his output - I haven't seen them all slash they haven't all been released yet but he's made 16 movies since 2005.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Oh, don't pretend like straight-boys-go-gay-for-pay isn't your favorite sub-genre.

  • e jerry powell

    Watching guys pushing rope is not a good use of my time.

    And Swanberg isn't even half convincing trying to do that.

  • stella

    Does orlando bloom dress up like that for the movie?

  • Ben

    I'm pretty sure that's just his standard of dress these days.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It's what Selena wants.

  • We can hope.

  • BlackRabbit

    Not to show how horrifyingly uncool I am, but could you ID some of these folks? I recognize Kendrik, Borelando Bloom and Sam Rockwell, but who's the rest?

  • TheOtherGreg

    What exactly is the purpose of posts like this (and there are a lot of them, not just on this site) with some kind of 'This is great' wording followed by uncaptioned pictures? Is it to say "I know you readers are cool, and will know who this is?" Or is it "This is something I only wish to share with a select few?"

    Because if you're trying for the first, it's not working.

  • bastich

    As I am both uncool and terrible at recognizing faces, I usually just cheat by right-clicking the picture and clicking "save image as..." to find the actor's name.

  • Xtina Silva

    I am one of those that enjoy these kinds of posts immensely .. wrecking my brain to come up with a name, or something else they have been in, and through imdb find the name. And always know that someone in the comment section will be able to help out ..

  • emmalita

    You get an upvote for Borelando. I did the whole Ann/Egg/Her routine when I got to his picture.

  • 1. Anna Kendrick: angel from heaven, anti-Super Bowl commercials, "Drinking Buddies," singer of some note
    2. Brie Larson: Abed's girlfriend in Community, robbed of Oscar nomination in "Short Term 12," "United States of Tara," "Right on Track"
    3. Mike Birbiglia: writer/director/star "Sleepwalk with Me"
    4. Orlando Bloom: professional elf
    5. Jenny Slate: "Kroll Show," Jean Ralphio's sister in "Parks and Rec"
    6. Rosemarie DeWitt: Don Draper's first mistress "Mad Men," "United State of Tara,"
    7. Sam Rockwell: "Matchstick Men," "Iron Man 2," "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," all-around badass

  • MrMinion

    Rockwell was also in "Hithchikers Guide to the Universe". Not the adaption that novel deserved, but his Zaphod Beeblebrox was excellent.

    Edit: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" *cough*

  • RobynRobotron

    Do you not know the title or is this the must subtle troll ever?

  • MrMinion

    Gah. No, just a case of sleep deprivation. And I meant what I said about his role.

  • RobynRobotron

    Oh, I absolutely agree with you. :-)

  • John G.

    Mike Birbiglia from the This American Life spot "sleepwalk with me" and the comedy album "sleepwalk with me" and the documentary film "sleepwalk with me" as well as that time you stopped him on the street to say hi and he told about the time he jumped out of that hotel window while sleepwalking, as well as at your family reunion when he showed up inexplicably to tell you the story of that time he jumped out of a hotel window while sleepwalking, and did he also tell you about his rare sleep disorder, and that time that he jumped out of a hotel window while sleepwalking?

  • autw

    You're also shortchanging Brie Larson. She was also in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and 21 Jump Street.

  • John G.

    y'all are short changing Jenny Slate, who is adorable and funny and spunky and before she played a spaz on Parks and Rec, was also the star of my dreams.

  • A. Smith

    Kendrick was also in Scott Pilgrim.

  • The semi-obscure Disney Channel movie wasn't enough for you?

  • Daniel Valentin

    On Sam Rockwell, you forgot to mention anthropomorphic personification of awesome dancing.

    Seriously, I'm totally heterosexual, and I shoot a load every time Sam Rockwell dances in a movie. I had to be rehydrated intravenously after I saw Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind.

  • e jerry powell

    You're shorting Kendrick. She was on Broadway before she reached majority.

  • justin386

    The others are Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia (!!!) and Jenny Slate. They will be fantastic in this.

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