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We're Deeply Into These Casting Decisions

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 21, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 21, 2018 |


— Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish(!) have been cast in The Kitchen, which is actually not a comedy. It’s a comic-book adaptation about the Mafia-controlled underworld of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in the 1970s. Moss, McCarthy, and Haddish will play wives who take over their husband’s criminal operations after they’re caught by the FBI. It is described as a serious, gritty drama. Straight Outta Compton co-writer Andrea Berloff will write and direct.

— Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, who were so good together in Thor: Ragnarok, will reteam again for a Men in Black spin-off/reboot. Basically, same premise, different Agents. F. Gary Gray (The Fate and the Furious will direct. It might also be worth nothing that Hemsworth’s contract with Marvel ends after the Infinity Wars, so he is clearly looking to bank another franchise.

— Our boy Kumail Nanjiani will star opposite Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista in Stuber, about a mild-mannered Uber driver (Nanjiani) who picks up a grizzled cop (Bautista) in pursuit of a killer. Michael Dowse (Goon) is set to direct.

Camping, that HBO series created and written by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, which has already lined up David Tennant in Jennifer Garner in lead roles, has now landed Ione Skye to presumably play the cheese to someone’s macaroni. From Deadline:

Skye will play Carleen. She has spent her life in the shadows — as a sister, as a hospice worker and as an unsuccessful equestrian — and it has left her meek, terrified and relying on her own strange passions (crocheting with polyester yarn) to get her through the lonely days.

There’s more about the project here.

— I don’t know squat about writer/director Vaughn Stein’s Terminal, but I’m intrigued by the teaser and especially the odd assemblage of actors.

Margot Robbie and Mike Myers? Weird, but compelling. Terminal is described as a movie that follows “two assassins with a sinister mission, a fatally ill teacher, an enigmatic janitor, and a waitress with a double life. Murderous consequences unravel as their lives meet at the hands of a criminal mastermind wanting revenge.”


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