The Casting Couch: April 21, 2006

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TRANSFORMERS CASTING INFO
IGN normally comes through with good info in these cases and they certainly proved accurate when they said Shia LaBeof was going to be in the live-action version of Transformers. So, when they posted this article who would I be not to listen?

IGN is reporting that Jon Voight is in talks to join the feature as “Keller”, the U.S. Secretary of State; Michael Clarke Duncan, is closing in on the role of “Figueroa”; Bernie Mac is the frontrunner for the role of “Bobby Bolivia”; “Vegas” star Josh Duhamel has a lock on the role of the young military commander, Lennox; Tyrese as “Epps”; John Turturro as “Simmons”; Rachael Taylor as “Maggie”; Megan Fox as “Mikaela”; Travis Van Winkle as “Trent”; and John Robinson as “Miles.”

To get the full scoop on each character’s involvement in the picture click here.

Transformers is slated to begin filming next month for a July 4, 2007 release.

SOURCE: IGN

FRASER MAKES THE JOURNEY 3-D

Brendan Fraser is set to star in the Walden Media/New Line Cinema update of Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth” to be called Journey 3-D. Eric Brevig will be making his directorial debut on the feature.

In the pic Fraser will portray a geologist who, with his teenage son, discovers a message hidden in an ancient artifact, leading them into a previously unseen world.

Walden Media comes in after the live action is shot as the otherworldly landscapes and creatures supplied by high-definition, photo-real 3-D technology.

SOURCE: Variety

LONGORIA HEADS TO THE HEART OF TEXAS

Eva Longoria is doing more than Tony Parker in Texas, that’s right that little vixen is tapped (ha, ha tapped) to star in the Touchstone Pictures feature Deep in the Heart of Texas.

In the film Longoria will play a spoiled Beverly Hills diva who becomes a fish out of water when she is relocated to San Antonio to run the new Latin division of her ad agency. Being completely out of touch with her Mexican roots and speaking not a word of Spanish, she has to win over the gringo urban cowboy who is her new boss, speaks fluent Spanish and is more in touch with her heritage than she is.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

DEL TORO HEARS THE CALL OF THE SEA

I am pumped about Guillermo del Toro‘s next flick, Pan’s Labyrinth, which was recently added to the Cannes Film Festival line-up, but this news story has to do with a flick he is going to exec produce, Jorge Olguin’s horror film The Call of the Sea.

The film will be Olguin’s third feature and will star Leonor Varela and Santiago Cabrera.

The story is based on a legend about a ghost ship that navigates the cold waters of a mysterious Chilean island in search of the souls of local fisherman. The story centers on a marine biologist (Varela) who discovers that many of the legends are related to her family’s past.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

BOGDANOVICH SOLVES THE BROKEN CODE
I don’t care much about this one, but it is news nonetheless. Peter Bogdanovich is set to direct The Broken Code, a biopic about the research scientist whose X-ray photographs played a key role in James Watson’s and Francis Crick’s discovery of DNA’s double-helical structure.

SOURCE: Variety

THE HOWARDS DISCOVER THE LOOK OF REAL
Ron Howard is already looking for more even before the already controversial film adaptation of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code hits theaters as he readies The Look of Real for Universal Pictures with an eye on casting his very own daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, as the star.

The Winnie Holzman-scripted ensembler follows a group of young women in the garment industry.

SOURCE: Variety

FISHBURNE IS SOBINI’S PREY

This is yesterday’s news that missed THE COUCH, but I can’t leave out Laurence Fishburne who is set to star in the psychological thriller Prey for James Marsh and Sobini Films.

The pic was scripted by Jerrold Brown and follows a man who sets out on a solo hunting expedition in the middle of winter and severely injures his leg. He is rescued by a mysterious trapper with secretly sinister intentions.

A fall start date is being eyed.

SOURCE: Variety

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