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Casting News: DIBBUK BOX, Eva Mendes has ANXIETY, three join THE IRON LADY

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 14th, 2011

It’s Friday, and apparently it’s the time of the week where casting agents decide to dump a cavalcade of casting news into our more than welcoming laps.

First, Variety is reporting that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has signed on to star in the upcoming horror film, DIBBUK BOX.  The film, set for a Halloween 2011 release, will follow “a recently divorced father whose youngest daughter becomes strangely connected to an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. As his daughter’s behavior becomes more erratic, the father senses a dark presence building until he discovers that the box was built to contain a dibbuk—a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.” The film is being backed by Sam Raimi’s shingle Ghost House, and will be helmed by Ole Bornedal (NOT ANOTHER LOVE STORY). 

With a script penned by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, this film definitely has a lot of potential, particularly with Bornedal as the director. Toss in the fact that it seems to be moving quite fast, and you have a project that could actually be quite solid. Check out more casting news after the break!

Next, The Playlist has revealed that Eva Mendes has been cast in the upcoming Patricia Riggen film, ANXIETY. The film will follow a “struggling single mother of a 13 year old who decides to transform her detested life by embarking on a classic teen rite of passage.” Like DIBBUK BOX, this film has a lot of potential, as the screenplay is a much lauded one from writer Hiram Martinez. Count me in.

Finally, Anthony Head, Roger Allam, and Richard E. Grant have joined the cast (via The Playlist) of the upcoming Margaret Thatcher biopic, THE IRON LADY, starring Meryl Streep. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the film is set to shoot in a few weeks, with a script by BRICK LANE writer Abi Morgan (who also wrote the brilliant script for Steve McQueen’s upcoming film, SHAME), with polishing done by writer Michael Hirst. You had me at Meryl Streep.

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