Quick Casting Bits: Dec. 21, 2006

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And here is the latest out of the trades not worthy of a complete article.

  • Emily Mortimer is going to replace Samantha Morton as the femme lead on Brad Anderson’s crime thriller TransSiberian after Morton had to pull out of the thriller owing to injury when part of the ceiling at her 300-year-old home in London collapsed just a few days before she was due to fly to Lithuania. Mortimer and Woody Harrelson play an American couple who board the Trans-Siberian Express from China to Moscow. They are soon plunged into a web of duplicity and murder. Ben Kingsley co-stars as a Russian police officer also on the train. (Variety)
  • Chris Klein, Jake Busey and Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst are starring in Jason Wiles’ dark comedy Play Dead. Klein will play Ronnie Reno, a former TV action hero in dire need of a comeback. On his way back from a failed audition, he winds up snowbound in a remote Nevada town run by scary meth dealers, including Merle (Busey), and their henchman (Durst). When he finds the body of a dead FBI agent there, life imitates Reno’s art as he is forced to reunite with his former co-stars, including Devon (Michael Beach), to save himself and the terrorized townsfolk. (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Penelope Ann Miller has joined the cast of Blonde Ambition, a loose remake of the 1988 film Working Girl being directed by Scott Marshall and starring Jessica Simpson as the lead as well as Luke Wilson, Andy Dick, Rachael Leigh Cook and Jamie Kennedy. Miller is playing the conniving boss of Simpson’s character, who is making her way through the corporate world. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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