Sunday, June 01, 2008

Casting for three

There were a few nice little tidbits of casting this past week that should definitely be mentioned. Let's start with the big screen first.

In a great comic move, Dwight Schrute himself, the very awesome Rainn Wilson has been cast in Transformers 2. This after the almost casting of Jonah Hill as Shia's college roommate a month or so ago has led many to speculate that Bay has designs on a funnier sequel than the original. In the movie Rainn will have a small but integral role as a college professor to Shia. Additionally, despite the recent casting of Australian beauty Isabel Lucas, The Hollywood Reporter says that uber hottie Megan Fox will also reprise her role in the sequel. They will be joined once again by Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Tuturro. Oh and on the robot side, somewhat surprisingly, after his fateful end in the first movie, it looks like Jazz (the token black Autobot) will be returning for more punishment. I wonder if Pontiac just paid a bundle to get him back in. The rumor has it there will be about 10 robots featured on each good and bad side this time around.

Onto the small screen, the second season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has me very excited. And they've just cast one of my all time favorite singers in a regular role on the show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Garbage lead singer, and Scottish beauty Shirley Manson has been cast in the show as "Catherine Weaver, the CEO of a cutting-edge high-tech company." I'm definitely excited to see how her character will play into the show. Especially after the way last season ended. My guess is she will be the big baddie for season 2. Not sure how much acting she's done before, but I really used to have a crush on her, and she's obviously a fantastic singer, so I think this'll be a good enough match. :)

Finally a new show has found a lead. If you'll remember a little while ago I posted about a new tv show coming this fall onto FOX from Battlestar Galactica helmer Ronald D Moore, called Virtuality. Well the show has now found its lead in British actor James D'Arcy. D'Arcy who is actually pretty accomplished hasn't broken stateside, although he has appeared in a number of films, including Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; here's hoping Virtuality is the ticket for him. Not quite at the series stage there is a pretty great pedigree going into the Virtuality 2 hour backdoor pilot being prepared for the Fall. The pilot, obviously one of a number, being created by BSG helmer Ronald Moore, is set to be directed by none other than Peter Berg. In the hard sci fi series, D'Arcy will play a spaceship psychiatrist, who alongside tending to Earths first manned craft set on a 10 year journey to explore the distant stars, is also the producer of the virtual reality experience that the ships crew uses to endure the voyage, by assuming new identities and going anywhere they can imagine. While the show has the obvious potential to be one long, bad holodeck episode of TNG, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt; for now.

Good news all around really. Casting is so much fun :) We'll now just have to wait and see how these projects shape up in the weeks and months to come.

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