The Casting Couch: May 9, 2006

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SCOTT AND REILLY CIRCLING QUEBEC
Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly are in talks to star in Quebec, a dramedy from Dimension Films revolving around two supermarket assistant managers who compete against each other for the job of manager.

Steve Conrad will be directing the pic with Lili Taylor, Jenna Fisher, Fred Armison and Gil Bellows also in negotiations to join the cast.

SOURCE: Variety

ENSEMBLE ATTACHED TO STAR ON THE OTHER SIDE
Brittany Murphy, Ryan Gosling, Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee and Anjelica Huston, among others are all attached to star in The Other Side for first-time director David Michaels.

The film is billed as a twisted modern fable, story revolves around a science scholar who spends the summer on a strange island that is out-of-step with the real world. Following up on a string of clues, she tries to solve the mystery that has stunted island residents.

SOURCE: Variety

COLLETTE AND HUGHES IN BLUEBURGER
Toni Collette and Keisha Castle-Hughes have signed on to star in Hey, Hey, It’s Esther Blueburger, written and directed by Cathy Randall.

The film is a comedy about a 13-year-old’s adventures as she attempts to navigate the pressures of family, school and her impending bat mitzvah.

Shooting is scheduled for October in Sydney and Adelaide, Australia.

SOURCE: Variety

ROMANO TAPPED FOR NICK MOVIE
Ray Romano has signed on to star in an untitled comedy for Paramount and Nickelodean Movies. The plot details of the picture are being kept quiet as Dean Lorey is writing the screenplay.

Apparently the pic will incorporate ideas from Lorey’s original pitch and a remake project already in development at Paramount titled Father Knows Best, which centers on a child who enters his dad in a Father of the Year contest and fudges his credentials so he will win. The father vows to tell the truth when he goes to pick up his award, but when he gets a look at the beautiful woman in charge of the contest, he gets tongue-tied and continues the ruse.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

CHEADLE AND EJIOFOR TALK TO ME
Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor are set to star in Talk to Me for Kasi Lemmons.

The pic begins filming next month and centers on the real-life story of Ralph Waldo “Petey” Green (Cheadle), an ex-con who courted controversy at a white-owned radio station and became an iconic Washington-area on-air personality in the 1960s. Ejiofor will play Dewey Hughes, producer of Green’s show.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

ASHANTI IN RESIDENT EVIL 3
Thanks goes out to ComingSoon.net as they alerted me to the fact that Ashanti has revealed that she will appear in the “trilogy finale” Resident Evil: Extinction.

The news came via her own website, which did not go into any detail as to the part she will be playing.

SOURCE: AshantiThisIsMe.com | ComingSoon.net

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