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Tom Hanks Casts Our Own Brian Prisco ... and Other Casting Bits

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 9, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 9, 2010 |

Let’s start with A Very Special Harold and Kumar Christmas first: The third Harold and Kumar movie has added a few expected cast members, returning from previous entries in the series: Paula Garces and Daneel Harris will play the wives of John Cho and Kal Penn’s Harold and Kumar. Additionally Eddie Thomas and David Krumholtz, who were in the first two films, are also set to return to round out the trilogy. According to THR, the logline to A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas has been under wraps; however, thanks to the Cog, we have it in hand: It will pick up with Harold and Kumar now in their 30s, estranged, and facing the complications of growing up and becoming men when a mysterious gift shows up which forces them to reconcile and remember how important their friendship is.

That mysterious gift is anyone’s guess, but I’d wager it’s either a mysterious bag of weed or the severed head of Neil Patrick Harris (who died in the last installment, but who is reportedly returning for the third movie).

In other casting news, Anton Yelchin — who has managed to maintain much of the momentum his career received after being cast in Star Trek and Terminator: Salvation — will nevertheless resort to the lead role in the Fright Night remake. Lars and the Real Girl’s director, Craig Gillespie, will helm the remake, which is about a teenager who believes that his next door neighbor is a vampire, but no one will believe him. The hope, according to THR, is that this will be the break-out role for Yelchin. I thought the Terminator: Salvation role was his break-out? No? In either respect, I dig the guy thanks to his efforts in Charlie Bartlett and a fairly solid but often forgotten Showtime series called “Huff.”

Meanwhile, Variety is reporting that Analeigh Tipton (“America’s Next Top Model”) is expected join Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in an as-yet-untitled marital crisis comedy, which may in fact be named Crazy, Stupid, Love.The story centers on a father (Carell) whose life unravels as he faces a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children. Tipton will play a babysitter who Carell’s 13-year-old son develops a crush on. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra will direct from Dan Fogelman’s script. Emma Stone and Julianne Moore also star.

Elsewhere, Dermot Mulroney (not to be confused with Dylan McDermott) is setting up his directing debut, Love, Wedding, Marriage. He’s nabbed Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz, James Brolin and Jane Seymour to star in the romantic comedy. The movie is about “a newlywed marriage counselor (Moore) who is thrown for a loop when she learns that her parents, whose marriage she’s always idealized, are headed for divorce. She sets out on a disastrous path to save their marriage at the expense of her own, manipulating loved ones to achieve her objectives.” Brolin and Seymour will play the parents, while Lutz will play the husband.

Finally, our own Brian Prisco — who will have a review up in an hour or so — has been cast personally by Tom Hanks in his new directing gig, Larry Crowne, in which Hanks will star opposite Julia Roberts. The movie is about a middle-aged man who is forced to find a new career. Prisco joins Bryan Cranston, Taraji P. Henson, George Takei, and Nia Vardalos, so put in your autograph requests now. Prisco will be playing a garage sale patron, and he will be the best fucking garage sale patron on the planet.

Also, a reminder: Brian Prisco will also be featured on an episode of Fox’s “Bones,” next Thursday. Do check it out. (He’s also been asked to audition for “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and if he gets that gig, we can all form a line to commence the boot licking).

(*Brian Prisco, pictured above, apparently auditioning for a “Three’s Company” theme song montage.)

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