A few casting notes on a slow Wednesday afternoon:
- After coming together on The Expendables 2, it looks like Sly Stallone and Arnold will re-team for another action movie in something called The Tomb. According to Deadline: "Stallone plays a man who has designed a high-tech prison that is said to be escape-proof. When he is set up and sent to the prison he created, he essentially must go up against himself to escape and find retribution. Schwarzenegger plays a fellow inmate, a complex guy whose tough exterior hides the reality: he’s an okay guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity." That sounds absolutely ridiculous. Did you know that both Stallone and Schwarzenegger are pushing 70? With the way medical technology is progressing, are we going to be seeing Statham take down mobsters with his cane when he's 100+?
- In otherwise unsurprising team-ups, brosephs Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are going to make yet another film that will inevitably cause the ushers at your local college's movie theater to fear having to clean up after its screenings, with the pair teaming up as fortysomething assholes (just speculating on that part) who get laid off and are forced to get internships at a dotcom to restart their careers. Because that's what happens when people get laid off in the middle of their careers; they start all over again at the beginning.
- Natalie Portman has decided to join the next two Terence Malick films, Lawless and Knight Of Cups, both of which will be filming sometime this year. She hasn't been in anything since Black Swan, if I recall correctly, after taking some time out to have a baby, but she'll have plenty of time to make up for it by looking at curtains gently swaying in an afternoon breeze or mulling over how dinosaurs had the opportunity to influence the course of World War II or something equally mysterious and beautiful, no doubt.
- Someone named Sullivan Stapleton has been cast as Xerxes in 300: The Battle Of Artemisia. Stapleton was a member of the crime family at the heart of Animal Kingdom, which I still need to see.