Casting: THE RAVEN, MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS, and LIKE CRAZY

Joshua Brunsting

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October 13th, 2010

Lost in the haze of a still-breaking story connecting the ever-gifted Tom Hardy to the upcoming BATMAN 3, there are lesser talked-about bits of casting that also deserve your attention.

First, Alice Eve and Luke Evans have joined the cast of the upcoming James McTeigue film, THE RAVEN, which stars John Cusack, and sees the author of the legendary piece of literature, Edgar Allen Poe, teaming with a detective to try and hunt a murderer who copies Poe’s stories. The film has had a rather cold trail news-wise ever since Cusack was attached in August, but it appears as though that is definitely about to change. I really dug Alice Eve in SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE (the best and only watchable part of that rather deplorable comedy), and while I haven’t seen much of Evan’s work, you can’t argue with a guy who has worked with greats like Stephen Frears (TAMARA DREWE) and Tarsem Singh (the upcoming IMMORTALS).

Next, The Wrap is reporting that Philip Baker Hall has joined the Jim Carrey comedy, MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS.  Need I say more? One of the most talented character actors (best known for films like HARD 8 and MAGNOLIA), this film just got a little classier.

Finally, after seeing this year’s stunning hard boiled bit of Southern Gothic noir, WINTER’S BONE, the film’s lead Jennifer Lawrence has become one of my favorite young thespians. Well, according to The Wrap, she and Anton Yelchin have joined the upcoming Drake Doremus love story, LIKE CRAZY, which will hit theaters next year. Doremus directed the film DOUCHEBAG, which has been playing the film festival circuit. The film will be “a mostly improvised drama that follows the long distance relationship of Jacob, an American, and Sam, a young British woman who meet while in college.” Sounds good in my book. While I haven’t seen DOUCHEBAG yet, I can say that both Yelchin and Lawrence are some of today’s more interesting young actors, and that makes this one a project that should have the keenest of eyes kept on it.

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