Casting

by (@hallekiefer)

Amy Adams To Play Janis Joplin, Join The Pantheon Of Extremely Random Casting Picks

Amy Adams To Play Janis Joplin

Someone is making their Oscar grab! When we think of Amy Adams, our minds tend to picture cartoon birds, healthy teeth and apple pies, not unkempt hair, bell bottoms and unchecked drug use. According to Hollywood Reporter, however, director Lee Daniels is “in talks” to direct the Enchanted star in Get It While You Can, a film version of the Janis Joplin biopic. We’re not the only ones who think this sounds sort of insane, right? Of course if the film reaches theaters, Amy would join a semi-proud lineage of extremely random casting picks like…

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by (@katespencer)

Divergent Gets Release Date, Let’s Pick Our Dream Cast!

Divergent may be the most anticipated book-to-movie adaptation since The Hunger Games got its turn last year (though The Fault in Our Stars is surely a close second). With a release date of March 21, 2014, announced yesterday and rumors that Limitless director Neil Bruger is attached to the project, all we need now are a couple of pretty faces to obsess over. The roles of 16-year-old Tris and her love interest, Four, are sure to be a big get for any actor and we already have a few favorites already in mind. So does Twitter, where people are constantly proclaiming their love for certain stars they see fit for the leads. Let’s discuss some of our favorites here at VH1 Celeb headquarters, and then we want you to tell us who you envision getting their Dauntless on on the big screen.

Taissa Farmiga is my number one pick to play Tris, and I even have the author’s approval on this one. Veronica Roth once replied to my tweet about Taissa as Tris with “ooh. She’s spot on, looks wise.” Not only does she completely embody Tris physically, but her raw and vulnerable performance on American Horror Story proves she’s got the acting chops, too. Our friend and NextMovie editor Breanne Heldman loves Molly Quinn, telling Hollywood Crush, “Molly has a sass and intelligence that’s also so totally Tris.” Castle fans, do you agree?

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by (@hallekiefer)

Jessica Biel To Get Her Scream On With Scarlett Johansson In The Making Of Psycho

This Making of Psycho movie sounds like it’s going to be a real scream! After all, the news about it so fair has been spooktacular! Also…um…uh….ghosts! Horrible, horrible ghosts! We’ll cut it out for just a second to inform you that Deadline announced today Jessica Biel will be joining the very self-explanatory film Alfred Hitchhock and the Making of Psycho, costarring alongside Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as the famous director’s wife Alma. Ah, we just got chills! The chills that come with excellent casting!

Biel is allegedly set to play Vera Miles, the actress who portrayed Lila Crane, sister to Scarlett Johansson‘s Vivian Leigh. Spoiler alert for those who just woke up from an 80-year coma or who deep below the earth’s surface: Crane is also the character who stumbles upon the body of Norman Bates’ dear deceased mother in one of the movie’s most scary reveals. There’s a joke about finding bones here, but you’ve probably already made it in your head! How terrifying! James Darcy rounds out the cast as Anthony Perkins, the man behind classic movie villain Bates. Haha, now you’ll probably want to murder us for making all these horrible Halloween jokes! Oh wait…yeah, you almost certainly do…

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by (@hallekiefer)

Jake Gyllenhaal To Speak One Line As The Lead In Motor City

According to Variety, Jake Gyllenhaal is now replacing Dominic Cooper as the strong, silent type in the upcoming action-drama Motor City, a thriller that costars Amber Heard and Gary Oldman and follows “a recently released felon [who] seeks revenge against those who framed him and put him in jail.” Gyllenhaal will be so silent, in fact, that his protagonist allegedly speaks one sentence the entire film. If the movie follows the novel it was based on, that is. So basically the film will be like The Artist…but with more felonies!

Now, we could make a joke about how we don’t need Jake to say more than one line because all we want is to see that sweet, sweet, chiseled jaw on-screen. However, that wouldn’t really be a joke since the sentiment behind it is true. While we’re interested to see what Gyllenhaal and his sweet, sweet sinewy torso will do with the role, we’re more interested in finding out what that one line is. We’re sure the screenwriters will adapt it from the book, but in the meantime might we suggest one of the following:

  • “GIVE ME BACK MY SON!”
  • “You guys are such jerks!”
  • “Dude, you dropped your wallet like way back there.”
  • “With pleasure!”
  • “No seriously…who farted?”

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by (@hallekiefer)

AnnaSophia Robb To Star In Sex And The City Prequel Carrie Diaries

Dust off your knock-off Manolos and stock up on virgin Cosmo ingredients: your new baby Carrie Bradshaw is here! Deadline reports that Soul Surfer star AnnaSophia Robb will portray the high school version of Sarah Jessica Parker‘s classic Sex and The City role in CW’s Carrie Diaries pilot. They had just better remember to give her Carrie’s massive six-inch roots. That’s all we’re saying!

If the show sticks to the details of author Candace Bushnell‘s prequel novel, the series will follow a teenage Carrie as she navigates life and love in the ’80s. Seeing as how actresses like Blake Lively and Emma Roberts were also allegedly in the running for the part, we’re interested to see how the sweetheart star of Bridge to Terabithia will mature into the sassy sex column we all know and love and watch for six hours every time we come down with the flu. On the other hand, Carrie is nothing if not a romantic optimist. She forgave Big how many times? Oh, and we couldn’t help but wonder…who will be her teenage version of Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda? Why mess with a good formula, right?

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by (@hallekiefer)

Jennifer Lawrence And Bradley Cooper Scheme Up For Serena

If casting rumors are to be believed, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are going to be lovahs once more! Oh, sorry, we just meant on the big screen. Not anywhere else. We didn’t mean to fill you with all that glee/burning jealousy. The two have already locked lips for the upcoming film The Silver Linings Playbook, due out in November 2012, and now Jennifer and Bradley are set to lock wits (and, well, probably lips again) in the new drama Serena, tentatively scheduled for release in 2014. You think you’re excited about this now; wait until Catching Fire has come out. And Bradley has shaved off that ‘tache.

In the film set in 1929 North Carolina, The Hunger Games leading lady will reportedly play the titular character, wife of Bradley’s timber baron and, um, would-be murderer of his illegitimate son. You know we love Jennifer and are confident her steady gaze can convey “deep-seated need for homicidal revenge” as well “deep-seated need to avoid death at the hands of her fellow teenagers.” The only issue we might have with the casting is their 15 year age difference. But hey, the movie takes place in the ’20s! And they can always age Jennifer with make-up! Forget we said anything because now we’d really like to see these two square off again!

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by (@hallekiefer)

Sarah Jessica Parker Beats Out Mary Louise Parker For Demi’s Lovelace Role

Demi Moore‘s role of Gloria Steinem in Lovelace has become a hot commodity since the Bobby actress had to drop out this week, but if you’re wondering which celeb will be cast as her replacement, get ready to wade through a few dozen suggestions. Last night Chloe Sevigny was rumored for the role after joining the cast last minute. This morning, the rumors were focused on Weeds‘ star Mary Louise Parker while this evening? None other than Sarah Jessica Parker. All of them are amazing actress; all of them would look amazing in high-waisted bell bottoms. Since those are our only criteria, how could we possibly decide?

Oh wait, we guess the decision has been made for us. EW reports that it was Lovelace filmmakers Rob Eptein and Jeffrey Friedman themselves who confirmed SJP’s hire, which seems like a solid selection. So there is no chance the movie features a time-traveling Gloria Steinem who accidentally meets multiple version herself after slipping through a wormhole? Please? We said please!

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by (@hallekiefer)

Lindsay Lohan Up For Elizabeth Taylor Movie That Will Probably Never Happen

Lindsay Lohan is rumored for the lead role in Lifetime’s upcoming Elizabeth Taylor film Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story, according to Deadline, but let’s just say we’re not stocking up on popcorn, Kleenex and Snuggies just yet. Well, we’re not buying any more of them, that’s for sure.

Because let’s be real for a second, shall we? In 2011 alone we heard rumors about Lindsay’s starring role in Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story (no, no, not that Linda Lovelace movie), her potential turn as her mafia doppleganger Victoria Gotti, her aspirations to play Charles Manson victim Sharon Tate, and Stephen King’s desire to see Lohan covered in pig’s blood for a potential Carrie remake. We all want to see that pig’s blood thing happen, but so far absolutely none of these projects has ended in screen time for Lilo. Sadly, if Lohan appeared in even half the films she gets mentioned in connection with, her career would look completely different … and much less depressing. So would Lindsay’s trophy case, though by “her trophy case,” we of course mean “the back of Dina Lohan‘s toilet.” As it stands today, Lindsay’s last three films were Machete (2010), Labor Pains (2009), and… and … and I Know Who Killed Me (2007). Oh, girl.

by (@hallekiefer)

Michelle Trachtenberg Could Have Been Your Bella

Just think: it could have been Michelle Trachtenberg flailing around on that hospital bed with a demon baby rampaging through her insides. Taylor Lautner would have looked so confused! Even more so than usual! Us Weekly reports that the Weeds star spilled the deets yesterday as to how close she got to being Mrs. Edward Cullen. “There was definitely interest here and there because there’s only so few pale girls in Hollywood,” Trachtenberg said. Explained Michelle, “I’ve known [director] Catherine Hardwicke since the movie Thirteen. I was actually supposed to star in that, but I was on Buffy at the time.” Jeez, how many movies do we have to mentally recast you in, girl? All of them? Actually, we’ll just go ahead and start now. Wow, we can really see her in Arachnophobia!

As for why Kristen Stewart ended up snagging the lead in the vampire epic, Michelle shrugged, “I guess schedules never worked out.” Just thinking about a Kristen-less Twilight like being in an less-angsty alternate reality. What if instead of Kristen, it was Michelle who bounded with Rob Pattinson over all those late-night table reads and gluten-free bagels at craft services? What if? What do you think of the alternate casting?

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by (@hallekiefer)

Lea, Taylor, ScarJo And Evan Face Off For Les Miz Role

Since Celebrity Deathmatch sadly remains a fictional show, we’ll have to figure out who should be cast in the upcoming Les Miserables movie, co-starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, the old-fashioned way: based solely on our personal opinion! Oh, and talent and singing ability, too. We guess.

The New York Post reported today that everyone and their hotter older sister are currently up for the role of the tragic love-lorn Eponine: Glee‘s Lea Michele, Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood. In addition to being a convincing doe-eyed heroine, Lea actually starred as young Cosette in the Broadway version of the musical. However, the Glee actress faces the same problem as Taylor Swift: you know they’d kill their big number “On My Own,” but would you buy them getting mortally wounded on the barricade while dressed in drag? (Sorry if that detail needed a spoiler alert; the book came out in 1862.) ScarJo admittedly has both the chops and the pipes necessary, but our money is on Evan Rachel Wood. She just looks like she belongs in tuberculosis-ridden 19th-century France. Who would you pick?

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