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Casting Bites: Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Tom Selleck, Peter Krause and More March 24, 2009 12:52 am

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amandaseyfried-032409Here’s a round up of the latest casting related news for television and film.

  • Amanda Seyfried won’t be able to take on the lead role in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch because HBO won’t release her from her contract on Big Love. Snyder’s film begins shooting this fall, which would conflict with scheduled shooting on the fourth season of Big Love. [EW]
  • Actors Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman have all signed on to star as members of the wolf pack in Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon. [STYD]
  • Anne Hathaway has signed on to star as Judy Garland in the film and stage adaptations of Gerald Clarke’s biography Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland. [Weinstein Co.]
  • Giovanni Ribisi has joined the cast of Hunter S. Thompson’s adaptation of The Rum Diary from Warner Independent. Ribisi will play a carousing journalist in the film, which stars Johnny Depp.  [Variety]
  • Amanda Bynes has landed the starring role in the ABC pilot Canned.  The actress will play Sarabeth, a naive Midwesterner who’s being exploited by her boss – and doesn’t realize it. [Variety]
  • Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Mull have all joined the cast of Five Killers, a Lionsgate action comedy that also stars Ashton Kutcher (as a retiring hitman) and Katherine Heigl (his computer tech girlfriend).  Selleck and O’Hara are playing Heigl’s overprotective father and doring mother, while Mull is playing Holbrook, Kutcher’s handler. Robert Luketic is directing the film which is scheduled for release on June 4, 2010 release. [THR]

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Snyder’s Sucker Punch Cast Shaping Up March 4, 2009 2:25 pm

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zacksnyder-030409With just a few days until the release of Watchmen, Zack Snyder is already lining up talent for an all-female cast for his next project, Sucker Punch.

THR reports that Amanda Seyfried is in negotiations to topline the project, while Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Evan Rachel Wood and Emma Stone are all in talks to star in the action fantasy.  According to THRSucker Punch is set in the 1950s and follows a girl who is confined to a mental institution by her stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While there, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain, and in that world, she begins planning her escape, needing to steal five objects to help get her out before she is deflowered by a vile man.

Snyder, who will direct, also co-wrote the script with Steve Shibuya and describes the fantasy world as “‘Alice in Wonderland’ with machine guns.”

Snyder will be producing the project with his Cruel & Unusual Films partner and wife Deborah Snyder.

WB Sets Release Dates for Green Lantern, ‘Deathly Hallows: Part II’, Jonah Hex and More February 25, 2009 5:11 pm

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warnerbroslogo-022509Warner Brothers has announced box office release dates (and changes) for several of their upcoming films.

First up, the studio announced the official release date for The Green Lantern.  The DC Comics adaptation will hit theaters on December 17, 2010.  Other notable films include the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II on July 15, 2011.  That’s the exact same weekend as Marvel’s The Avengers.  The studio also announced a new date for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes which will be moving up to Christmas day from its previous November 13, 2009 release date.

The remake of Clash of the Titans, from director Louis Leterrier has been set for March 26, 2010, Jonah Hex, from director Jimmy Hayward, has been set for a August 6, 2010 release and Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi picture Inception will be released on July 16, 2010.  And finally, Zack Snyder’s next film, Sucker Punch, will be released on October 8, 2010.

Here’s the release schedule:

December 25, 2009

Sherlock Holmes

March 26, 2010

Clash of the Titans

July 16, 2010

Inception

August 6, 2010

Jonah Hex

October 8, 2010

Sucker Punch

December 17, 2010

The Green Lantern

July 15, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Source: ERC BoxOffice

Amanda Seyfried Eyed for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch February 23, 2009 7:51 pm

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amandaseyfried-012909IESB.net recently chatted with Watchmen director Zack Snyder about his next film, Sucker Punch, which he described as “an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with machine guns”.  Snyder says that they’ve begun casting for the R-rated film and confirmed that they’re talking to Amanda Seyfried to play one of the five lead female roles:

“I don’t know, I mean, she’s got some other obligations and we’re just trying to figure that out,” he said, adding, “I think we’re looking at, like, what I would consider a lot of great, really great girls. Because it’s all girls so it’s like, yeah.”