Casting rumors begin for adaptation
The whole “who’s auditioning for what movie?” trend is a bit frustrating because most of the time, the names auditioning ultimately don’t end up in the film in question. Look at the buzz around the Spider-Man reboot and the guy who wound up getting hired…he wasn’t really on the radar.
Regardless, there’s some interesting casting rumblings surrounding Guillermo del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness. And they might be on the money…and they might not.
According to Collider’s sources, the studio – in this case Universal – is looking to James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class) as a leading man. Del Toro, on the other hand, is supposedly interested in Tom Cruise – evidence that he’s aware he’ll need a bit of star power to help draw an audience.
It’s no secret that Del Toro has had a hard time getting this film off the ground at a major studio. It already had a strike against it because it’s a period piece. Secondly, the film apparently doesn’t have a happy ending. When James Cameron came aboard and the film was announced in 3D, things started to fall in place and I could now see why Universal was now getting excited.
Is McAvoy a good fit or would you prefer Cruise? I don’t mind the latter. Cruise would be in more than capable hands with Del Toro who could draw a good performance.