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Biz Break: There's Wrong And There's Wrong And There's This -- Casting News That Isn't All Bad

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 9, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 9, 2013 |

Can you cast someone nine months before your movie is set to release? The answer is yes if you are Robert Rodriguez and the movie is Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

Yesterday we had the news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was brought on as a lead and today we find out that Josh Brolin has been cast as Dwight. If you remember, Dwight was played in Sin City by Clive Owen and his character was said to have a new face. A Dame To Kill For takes place before the events in the first movie, which explains why Dwight looks different. Also appearing in A Dame To Kill For is Christopher Meloni as another lead that is so far unnamed, but said to be a cop.

The Switch is a sort-of-but-not-really prequel to Jackie Brown that takes place fifteen years before Tarantino’s film. Basically, people are pretending it is a prequel of sorts when it is really just an Elmore Leonard story that has two characters from “Rum Punch” kidnapping a rich guy’s wife for ransom. Dan Schechter is a writer and director heading the project and he has procured Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) to play Ordell and John Hawkes as Louis. Tim Robbins has signed on to play the husband of a kidnapped woman after Dennis Quaid dropped out; Will Forte is playing Ty Burrell’s vacated role of a country club member with a crush on Robbins’ wife. The wife is played by Jennifer Aniston. So this will end badly at the box office.


In news that made several Pajibans screech in annoyance over on the Facebook, the young adult novel “Divergent” is being adapted into a movie. “They’re gonna f*ck it up!” we all yelled/wrote out in caps. So far, Shailene Woodley has been cast as Beatrice Pryor, a 16-year-old girl living in a dystopian society where everyone must choose a faction to live and work within. Beatrice chooses a faction called Dauntless (the brave) and leaves behind her Abnegation (the selfless) family for a whole new life. Of course she meets a dude named Four in the Dauntless; so we have Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike), and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) up for the part. Please not Pettyfer, please not Pettyfer…

Jack Reynor (Dollhouse, What Richard Did) had been in the running to play Four, but he just accepted the other male lead in Michael “Sh*t Go Boom!” Bay’s Transformers 4. He joins Mark Wahlberg in the sequel taking place four years after Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. Reynor will play the dude dating Wahlberg’s as yet uncast teenage daughter. Buh.


The new Muppet movie might have a name and it might be The Muppets…again. So that’s something. As I mentioned before, the movie will take place in Europe and Ty Burrell will play an Interpol agent, Rickey Gervais will be the male lead, and now Tina Fey is said to be the female lead. Fey will, possibly, be playing a Russian gulag prison guard. It sounds like I’m making all of this up, but I’m not because if I were it would be not this. Of course, maybe the full description will pull it all together. I hope.


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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.