- Tom Hanks will officially be starring in Kathryn Bigelow's next feature, Triple Frontier. Rorie reported on the rumored involvement of not only Hanks, but also Johnny Depp, back in October. Still no word on Depp, but it seems that Mr. Hanks is fully on board. The Oscar-winning director of The Hurt Locker teams back up with that film's writer, Mark Boal, to bring us this story of the contentious border area between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil. Shooting is tentatively scheduled to begin in March.
- Halle Berry will star in the Wachowski Brothers' next feature, an adaptation of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Speaking at the NAACP Image Awards, Berry let it slip that not only will Tom Hanks also be starring in this one, but Natalie Portman as well. Here's a blurb about David Mitchell's book:
- Mark Wahlberg has a pretty full dance card lately. Not only has it recently been announced that he's set to play Nathan Drake in David O. Russell's Uncharted adaptation, the Boston actor is also eyeballing the lead in a film called Broken City. In the Allen Hughes film, Wahlberg will play an ex-cop private dick who finds himself deep in the political muck of a shady mayoral election.
- Liam Neeson will take the lead in Brad Silberling's indie feature, An Ordinary Man. The Irish giant will take on the challenging role of a war criminal styled after Slobodan Milosevic who goes on the lam and is protected by his followers.
- In news that is probably only exciting if you, like me, are an enthusiast of the 80's Beastmaster films, TV Guide is reporting that Marc Singer will be starring in this season's finale of V. Singer starred in the original run of V back in the 80's, so this bit of stunt casting makes all of pop-culture the sense, much as Richard Hatch's role in the rebooted Battlestar Galactica did. The fans seem to like a nod to the past just as much as they like stunt casting. Now if only this would start a movement for a Beastmaster reboot! Eff it, I'm starting that movement now; who's with me?!?
- Last bit of casting news is actually non-casting news. Ron Perlman, my favorite oaf, has told ComingSoon that he won't be a part of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. The actor was rumored to be joining the cast back when Guillermo del Toro was still attached, but he seems to have left along with the G-Unit. As he told ComingSoon:
"I'm not doing [it]," Perlman said, adding with a laugh, "I think maybe that's a scoop for you."