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Casting Bites: Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Freddie Prinze Jr. and more March 18, 2009 6:54 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in ABC, Movies, News, Paramount Pictures, Television, The CW, Walden Media.
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natalieportman-031809Here are some of the latest casting news for television and film.

  • Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman have signed on to a film based on the new Leanne Shapton book Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry.  The film, from Paramount Pictures, will be developed as a romantic comedy, with Pitt to play Morris and Porman to play Doolan. [Variety]
  • Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) has landed a lead role on the CW’s new Melrose Place series.  Lucas will play Riley Richmond, a wealthy and beautiful 24-year-old who works as an inncer-city elementary school teacher. [THR]
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. is returning to ABC for the network’s comedy pilot No Heroics.  The pilot is about four B-list superheroes living among us.  Prinze’s character, Bradley aka Ultimatum, is the nemesis to the group’s leader Pete aka Chillout. [THR]
  • Walden Media has signed Ellen DeGeneres as Mother Nature in a currently untitled comedy that is being produced by the company.  Walden says that DeGeneres “will return to Earth for the first time since the planet’s creation.”  The film will co-star Jim Carrey.[First Showing]

Ashlee Simpsons-Wentz Headed to Melrose Place March 9, 2009 5:07 pm

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ashleesimpsonwentz-030909Singer/Actress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz will star on The CW’s Melrose Place update, returning to network television seven years after her role on The WB’s 7th Heaven.  Simpson-Wentz will play Melrose Place’s newest resident, Violet, a bright-eyed but shrewd small-town girl and recent L.A. transplant who has come to town with a secret.  THR reports that the character will draw parallels to the original series’ Sandy Harling (Amy Locane).

Simposon-Wentz joins the previously announced cast of Michael Rady and Katie Cassidy (see related story).

Michael Rady First To Be Cast in Melrose Place February 26, 2009 3:40 pm

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melroseplace-102908Michael Rady (Swingtown) has become the first actor to board the new Melrose Place pilot for The CW.  THR reports that the actor landed the job on Wednesday morning, a day after The CW officially greenlit the pilot for the update, which will be directed by David Guggenheim.

Melrose Gets Greenlight February 25, 2009 2:20 pm

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melroseplace-102908The CW has given an official pilot order to the network’s update of Melrose Place. THR reports that Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) has come on board the project to direct.  The series, produced by CBS Paramount, is a remake of the hit ’90s series about a group of twentysomethings living in the trendy Melrose neighborhood of Las Angeles.  The pilot was written by Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin (Smallville), who also serve as executive producers/showrunners.