Catching you up on casting news and production notes from the last week . . .
-According to THR, Bradley Cooper is in talks to star in Bad Blood and Trouble. Cooper would play a Miami detective who falls in love with a married woman, the husband of whom has been targeted by a group of criminals.
-John Goodman is joining The Hangover III in a role “in the vein of the character Paul Giamatti played in The Hangover II.” Not exactly exciting news considering Giamatti’s role was terrible in the sequel. The report also indicates director Todd Phillips may also be trying to get Robert Downey Jr. and Sean Penn to take roles in the film. (Variety)
-Tom Hanks (under his Playtone banner) will produce a J.F.K. assassination drama titled Parkland. “The story chronicles the events leading up to JFK’s assassination and Abraham Zapruder’s famous documentation of the event. The title of the film refers to Parkland Memorial Hospital, which is where the President was rushed after he was shot and later pronounced dead on November 22nd, 1963. Two days later his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, died at the same hospital. Several years later, Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby, died there as well. ” (Variety)
-Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon will star in The Long Red Road. The film is based on a play that recently starred Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The story: A devastating new play about the impact of addiction, The Long Red Road introduced audiences to Sammy, who has fled his past and landed in South Dakota, where he is slowlydrinking himself to death. When his young daughter arrives desperate to reunite with her father, he must decide between the self-hatred that consumes him and the responsibilities he’s tried to leave behind.
-Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer) is set to direct The Only Living Boy In New York. The film centers on a young man who finds out his father is having an affair with a neighbor. When the son tries to step in and stop it, he ends up having an affair with the woman as well. Sounds twisted . . . (Playlist)
-Dolph Lundgren thinks Channing Tatum or Chris Hemsworth would be a good He-Man. He would also like to see The Rock, Vin Diesel, Harrison Ford and Steven Seagal in The Expendables 3. Stallone has to figure out a way to get Seagal into the third film.
-Robert Emms has been cast as Insect Man in the Jeff Wadlow-directed Kick-Ass 2. The British actor has starred in the Tarsem Singh-directed Mirror, Mirror, Steven Spielberg’s Warhorse and Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous. (Deadline)
-And finally . . . a photo of The Rock and Gina Carano (via @TheRock) on the set of Fast 6.