Casting News

'Hunger Games' Casting Rumors, Lily Collins as Snow White and Renner for 'Bourne'?

Plus a new writer for 'Iron Man 3'

I'm going to lead things off with big news from the Bourne universe. We've reported on the supposed "shortlist" of actors being considered to replace Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy, and Latino Review exclusively revealed that the offer is about to go out to Jeremy Renner (who wasn't even on the the list). This would be just one more notch in the belt of Jeremy Renner, who has secured his current "that guy" status. Already with roles in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Avengers and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (set pics of that one here), we'll be seeing plenty of Renner over the next couple of years. I do think Renner is a good choice, but can he really be considered the "future" of two huge spy franchises at the same time?

It should be noted that shortlist contender Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, Sucker Punch) was writer/director Tony Gilroy's first choice, but it was a choice Universal Pictures didn't approve of. Latino Review wouldn't reveal Universal's reasoning.

Moving on to that Hunger Games thing we keep hearing all about, Deadline has the scoop on who might be in position for the major male roles in the film alongside lead actress Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone). Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song) is said to be the front-runner for the role of Gale Hawthorne, while Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) is on the top of the list for the role of Peeta Mellark. Gale is the hunting partner of Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen character, while Peeta accompanies Lawrence into the deadly Hunger Games reality show. Any thoughts from fans of the novels?

Heat Vision brings news that Lily Collins (Sandra Bullock's daughter from The Blind Side, and the real-life daughter of Phil Collins) has entered negotiations for the lead role in The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, the 3D revisionist fairy tale from director Tarsem Singh (The Fall, the upcoming Greek epic Immortals). I reported just a few days ago that Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Hanna) had entered negotiations for the part, but it appears Collins knocked their socks off with her audition. For those keeping score at home, this is the Snow White film starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and The Social Network's Armie Hammer as the Prince.

We've previously reported that director Joe Wright will reunite with his Atonement and Pride and Prejudice star Keira Knightley for Anna Karenina, which will co-star Jude Law and Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), but it now looks like another frequent collaborator could be joining the cast as well. According to The L.A. Times, Wright's Hanna and Atonement star Saoirse Ronan could be joining the cast as well, though the helmer declined to confirm it.

Lionsgate announced yesterday (via Coming Soon) they've set an August 17, 2012 release date for The Expendables 2. It was reported that Sylvester Stallone won't be reassuming directorial duties, though a replacement hasn't yet been announced. Sly isn't working on the script either, as one has already been delivered by Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboys) and David Agosto. I'd assume all this extra downtime has been spent in the gym.

Will Beall, the former L.A. cop-turned-screenwriter who received raves for his The Gangster Squad script that Warner Bros. scooped up, is also now in negotiations to write the studio's Logan's Run remake, according to Heat Vision. The update of the 1976 sci-fi classic will star Ryan Gosling, with Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, the upcoming thriller Drive) set to direct. Warner also tapped Beall to write a Lethal Weapon reboot back in January.

Deadline reports Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) has entered negotiations to join the cast of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, based on the 1960s TV series. She would play the daughter of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer), the reclusive matriarch of the Collins clan and owner of the Collinwood mansion where the supernatural tale takes place. The cast already includes the likes of Johnny Depp, Michael Sheen, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley and (of course) Helena Bonham Carter.

Marvel has chosen Drew Pearce to write Iron Man 3 after being impressed by is script to another comic book adaptation Runaways. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) was announced as the Iron Man 3 director a few months ago, so why not just let him write his own script as well? I mean, it was Black's scripts for action-comedies like Lethal Weapon that put him on the map in the first place. Iron Man 3 has set a May 3, 2013 release date, in case you're looking that far ahead. As for Runaways, Deadline notes it is still in Marvel's plans but they're focusing on a new round of sure-fire cash cows first.

Dreamworks plans to release a theatrical spin-off starring the scene-stealing penguins from the Madagascar movies. THR reports the Megamind team of Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons will pen the script. The Penguins have already been spun-off into a short that appeared on the Madagascar Blu-ray and a Nickelodeon TV show called "The Penguins of Madagascar" that finished as the second most-watched animated show of 2010 amongst 2-12 year-olds behind "SpongeBob SquarePants."

And finally, Steve Carell will star in Seeking A Friend For The End of The World, the directorial debut of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist screenwriter Lorene Scafaria. Deadline reports Keira Knightley is in negotiations for the female lead. The film has a comic and romantic tone, despite taking place at a time when mankind is coming to terms with the fact that an incoming asteroid will end humanity.

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  • Ooze33

    Josh Hutcherson's alright I guess for Peeta, but a definite NO to the guy who could play Gale. This movie does not need to become another teen-girl-pretty-face-guy movie.

  • anonymous

    I really love josh hutcherson as an actor, but i dont know how i feel about him playing peeta. I think that hunter parrish would be perfect for the role though. He is a great actor and i think he would play peeta perfectly. as for gale i guess liam hemsworth would be good, but drew roy looks more like gale because he has darker hair. I have never seen him act though. Anyway HUNTER FOR PEETA!

  • Riley

    Jeremy Renner in Bourne...why not
    Saoirse Ronan as Kitty...obvious
    Josh Hutcherson as Peeta...AWFUL
    Liam Hemsworth as Gale...AWFUL
    Lily Collins as Snow White...who the f**k is she?

  • Anonymous

    No and no to Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Especially the latter.

  • Eric

    I can't imagine two worse people for The Hunger Games. I'm really not sure this movie could be good with those two actors. Also they seem to have some aversion to casting actors who actually look like the characters they are supposed to play. With Jennifer Lawrence I understood it because she's amazing, but these other two . . . I don't get it.

  • V

    So is Drew Pearce's Runaways still seeing the light of day or has it been nipped in the bud for good? I am far more interested in that movie than bloody Iron Man 3.

  • V

    Okay, my bad, missed that one line about Runaways' current status. Damn you Marvel, going for your same old cash cows first! Totally understandable, but still..

  • Jean Paul

    I'm very hyped about Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, the cast looks very good, and hopefully will deliver the same ol' Burton movie we love to see, not the limited version of something that was Alice in Wonderland.

    Jeremy Renner keeps getting the call, I think he'll have a very good future in Hollywood

  • Ian

    I definitely like the idea of Renner for Bourne. He's older than a lot of the other names thrown around...Hedlund, Kitsch, et al., but he doesn't look it (I had no idea he was 39 or 40 or whatever he is) and he's also much more proven of an actor than they are. Plus he seems to have the tough guy thing that a Bourne film would need, and I don't necessarily see that the others do.

  • Haley

    Hunter Parrish for Peeta. No one else can be Peeta, it has to be Hunter! There is nobody else who can portray Peeta like Hunter would be able to. Josh is a great actor, yeah, but he's not Peeta. Just, NO.
    As for Liam, I swear if they cast him in the movie, it better be as Cato or something. Someone who dies, preferably.
    If either of them are casted as Peeta and Gale, I refuse to see this movie until I can watch it on Netflix.

    • Rachel

      Hunter all the way! I don't mind Josh being in the movie as long as he's not Peeta. I think Josh would make a great Cato!

      As for Liam, I have no words. I'm still thinking it's an April Fools joke.

      I have a feeling that I'm about to become very disappointed come Tuesday.

  • Brandon

    I love the idea of Josh Hutcherson(The Kids Are All Right) to be Peeta, I feel he is capable of the role and has had alot of acting experience-but Hunter Parrish is still my favorite personally... Lets move onto Liam Hemsworth... I dont see him as Gale at all and he's only been in one movie(The Last Song) but I can't really judge until I see him in the movie. Now for Haymitch, Robert Downey Jr!!! That is all.

  • m1

    Actually, I thought Hemsworth was the only teen actor in The Last Song who gave anything resembling a solid performance. I can live with him being Gale.

  • caroline

    My hunger games enthusiasm has dimmed with this news but I guess I'll see when an official announcement is made. What I want to know with Lily's casting in snow white were does that put mortal instruments? someone anyone?

  • Aly

    I totally want to see Gaspard Ulliel as Gale not Liam Hemsworth

  • Topy

    Lily Collins is a good choice. Uhm, Chloe Moretz looks older in the pic.

  • Ashly

    Josh Hutcherson is an excellent actor. He wasn't my first choice to play Peeta but I still think he'd pull it off. Liam Hemsworth as Gale would just be a no for me. He doesn't have the skill from what I've seen and he doesn't have the 'Gale look'.

  • NOOO

    WHY would they make Josh Hutcherson Peeta? He's to short, he doesn't have blue eyes or blonde hair, and he wouldn't look good if he did! Hunter Parrish is my Peeta!!! He's perfect for the role. I was SO excited when they announced he was a candidate because he was who I pictured while reading! I don't care about Liam playing Gale... I just want my Peeta played by Hunter Parrish!

  • Tommy

    I feel the need to point out that I did suggest Renner in a post here back in the day. Proud and happy this is being concidered. Not that I suggest having anything to do with it but still.

    Linking proof: http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/maguire-gyllenhaal-hedlund-and-others-all-considered-for-bourne-legacy#comments

    When it comes to Renner being older...He doesnt look that old. And if theyre looking for old as Bourne was infact pretty old in the book "Bourne legacy" he could be that too i suppose. I'd rather they just have him as a different character all together tho.

    Sorry for the crappy english. Im a bloody foreigner from Sweden.

    BR

  • Alana

    Don't have anything against Renner, in fact he's fantastic actor and will surely make bourne franchise a success, but i would prefer a new face for that role, someone fresh (career wise), not very much known. I understand it's a hard casting call, but doable. Who am i to question the casting though! Just a thought.