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Casting: Kevin Durand joins COSMOPOLIS; Nico Tortorella joins ODD THOMAS; ARBITRAGE and GOOD DEEDS news

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 13th, 2011

Apparently, today is a good day if you are an actor or a casting agent.

First up, Variety is reporting that Kevin Durand is joining the cast of the upcoming David Cronenberg film, COSMOPOLIS. Durand is best known for films like WOLVERINE and ROBIN HOOD, as well as a turn on Lost, and will join Robert Pattinson in the film, which follows a billionaire who loses his fortune over one day, while also cheating on his wife and getting stalked. He’ll play Pattinson’s chief security officer, and also joins names like Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Sarah Gadon in the upcoming adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel.

As a fan of Durand’s work, this is definitely a great bit of news, and one that should really add to an already impressive cast being built here.

In other casting news, Nico Tortorella has joined Anton Yelchin and Addison Timlin in Stephen Sommers upcoming Dean Koontz adaptation, ODD THOMAS, according to THR. The film will follow a young cook who can also commune with the dead. Tortorella can next be seen in SCREAM 4, which hits this weekend.

Next, Nicholas Jarecki has cast Laetitia Casta and Nate Parker in his upcoming drama, ARBITRAGE. Set to star Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, and rapper Drake (billed on the film by his full name, Aubrey Graham), the film is about “hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller, who is forced to lean on an unlikely ally after he makes a major banking error.” Casta will play an art dealer/mistress while Parker will play a person from the lead’s past, according to Variety.

Finally, Jamie Kennedy has joined Tyler Perry’s upcoming film, GOOD DEEDS, Variety reports. And there goes any anticipation surround that already uninteresting project.

Personally, all of this news sounds really fantastic, save for that last bit. Kennedy is a horrible actor, and saying that Perry can’t direct himself out of a wet paper bag is an understatement. I am also a fan of the cast being built for ODD THOMAS, despite Sommers being a less than compelling filmmaker. It’s a really interesting mix of names, and hopefully one that can live up to the hype.

What do you think?

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