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Casting: Rebecca Hall and rapper Drake get new roles; Jon Favreau to cameo in WELCOME TO PEOPLE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 24th, 2011

With Sundance in full swing, there is a bit of non-festival based news that seemed to get overlooked over this past weekend.

First, Rebecca Hall has joined the cast of the upcoming Stephen Frears directed adaptation of Beth Raymer’s novel, Lay The Favorite: A Memoire Of Gambling.  Hall was previously considered a frontrunner for the film, which is currently being set up at Focus Features, with HIGH FIDELITY scribe D.V. DeVincentis reteaming with his FIDELTIY director. LAY THE FAVORITE "recounts the author’s wild ride through the sports gambling underworld in Las Vegas, where she heads at age 25 in the hopes of making some fast money as a cocktail waitress. Instead, she soon finds herself working for one of the biggest professional gamblers in town, and loving it. What follows is her journey through the adrenaline-fueled, high risk/high reward world of professional sports gambling, which takes her from Vegas to New York to theCaribbean. Along the way, she befriends some of the powerful, dangerous, sexy, thieving, and complicated characters who inhabit this milieu and who eventually become her second family. She falls in love, and ultimately is forced to ask herself how much longer she is prepared to stay in this life."

More casting news after the break!

Next, rapper Drake is set to join Nicholas Jarecki’s upcoming film, ARBITRAGE.  The former Degrassi: The Next Generation star has joined the cast of the film, which stars Susan Sarandon and Eva Green.  It did also feature Al Pacino, but according to The Playlist, the icon has left the film.  Talk about a change of talent.  Joking aside, the film does sound really interesting, and where as most musicians that try acting don’t have the experience, Drake started his career acting, so this could ultimately be different.  But then again, Degrassi isn’t quite the experience one would truly champion.

Finally, Jon Favreau will have a cameo in the upcoming Alex Kurtzman film, WELCOME TO PEOPLE.  Having written Favreau’s last film, COWBOYS & ALIENS, apparently Kurtzman pulled in a favor, and while it’s only going to be a cameo role, there is something imminently watchable about many of Favreau’s previous on screen characters.  Hopefully this will be the same.

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