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Casting Bites: Christian Bale Joining The Fighter, Zack Snyder Replaces Two For Sucker Punch!, Marlon Wayans Gets Biblical + more

christianbale-042109Here are some of the latest television and film casting bites:

  • Christan Bale is joining Mark Wahlberg for The Fighter.  The project also has a new director in David O. Russell (replacing Darren Aronofsky who was originally tapped to direct).  Here are how the two actors roles are described: “Wahlberg will play Ward, a fighter who was losing bouts and was ready to hang up the gloves when his brother came back into his life. Bale will play Eklund, whose drugs and robbery spree drew him a 10- to 15-year sentence in state prison. There, he kicked drugs, became a model prisoner and emerged as a changed man who helped his brother reach the glory that eluded him.” [Variety]
  • Jamie Chung and Jena Malone have been added to the cast of Zack Snyder’s all-female action fantasy flick Sucker Punch!.  Both actresses replace two others who had to drop out: Chung replacing Emma Stone will play Amber, a character described as a country girl with a big heart, while Malone will be taking over Evan Rachel Wood’s role playing the younger sister of fellow co-star Abbie Cornish. [THR]
  • Demetri Martin has been cast opposite Brad Pitt in Moneyball, a pro baseball drama from director Steven Soderbergh.  Martin is playing Paul DePodesta, a Harvard graduate who is into stats and probabilities and helps out Beane (Pitt) develop his system. [THR]

More after the jump.

  • Marlon Wayans has come onto Paramount’s The Year of Living Biblically to produce and star.  The film is based on A.J. Jacobs’ best-selling nonfiction book.  Julian Farino is attached to direct, and Jay Reiss wrote the script. [THR]
  • Toby Kebbell has joined the cast of Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  He’ll play Drake Stone, a celebrity illusionist who joines forces with Alfred Molina’s evil sorcerer, Horvat, to gain ultimate powers.[ Variety]
  • Monica Potter has joined NBC’s drama pilot Parenthood, playhing the wife of co-star Peter Krause.  Potter replaces Diane Farr who had a schedulingn conflict due to her recurring role on the Showtime series Californication. Sam Jaeger and Bonnie Bedelia are in negotiations to take on the last two lead roles in the comedic drama, which is based on the 1989 movie of the same name.  Jaegar will play the husband of co-star Erika Christensen, whil Bedalia plays co-star Craig T. Nelson’s wife. [THR]
  • Australian Josh Lawson has been cast as the lead on CBS’s comedy pilot Waiting to Die.  He replaces Nick Thune, who was originally cast in the role. [THR]
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