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Casting: Vince Vaughn joins LAY THE FAVORITE; Stephen Collins to THE THREE STOOGES

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 6th, 2011

If it's the end of the week, it's casting announcement clean-up time. Today, we've got two somewhat interesting roles for two very different actors to announce.

Variety reports that Vince Vaughn is in talks to join LAY THE FAVORITE, an indie set to be directed by Stephen Frears from a script by D.V. De Vincentis.

The cast already includes Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and is based on the life of Beth Raymer, a Las Vegas cocktail waitress who eventually became one of the world's top gamblers. Of course, life and love got in the way, and Raymer had to "reevaluate" the life she chose for herself. Hall will play Raymer, with Willis serving as her mentor, Dink Heimowitz, with Zeta-Jones as his wife. Deadline says that Vaughn's role would be of a bookie named Rosie who employed Raymer at one time. Vaughn as a bookie? Sounds perfect to me.

Deadline also reports that Stephen Collins has joined the Farrelly brothers' THE THREE STOOGES. He will be playing one of the bad guys in the film, as Mr. Harter, one half of the couple that adopts those titular stooges for "less than benevolent reasons." His wife is already set to be played by Sofia Vergara.

Though most of Collins' resume has him playing the charming family man (hello, Seventh Heaven), he's got a nasty streak that's fun to watch. I am basing this assessment entirely on his barn-burner of a performance in the classically bad television movie, The Babysitter's Seduction.

After a lot of back and forth on casting rumors, it looks like the STOOGES are finally coming together, with Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso, and Sean Hayes confirmed to play the pranksters. The film will be released in 2012.

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