Casting Net: Beastie Boy may team up with Ben Stiller
• Director Noah Baumbach (Greenberg) knows how to pour lemon juice in the open wounds of aging Gen X-ers. Who better to cast in his film about a pair of middle-aged marrieds yearning for youth than Ad-Rock, or Adam Horovitz, of the Beastie Boys? If cast, Horovitz would play the guy who has grown up, had a kid, and basically moved on with his life, bringing Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller’s still-childless relationship into harsh perspective. Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried star as the young free spirits who Watts and Stiller befriend. Horovitz is no stranger to acting work, and has appeared in a number of projects over the years including A Kiss Before Dying. [The Wrap]
• Kevin Costner is everywhere all of a sudden. Following his high-profile turn as one of Superman’s stoic fathers in Man of Steel, he’ll appear in Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan, Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day, and McG’s Three Days to Kill — and those are just his films in post. Now, he’s in negotiations to star in Midnight Delivery for Universal, based on an original idea from Guillermo del Toro, who would produce the film. Luther creator Neil Cross’s (Mama) script follows a father who resorts to being a drug mule to save his son. Other than that details are sparse, but Costner’s enthusiastic reemergence into film is a welcome one. [Variety]
• Shawn Christensen’s Academy Award-winning live action short Curfew is on track to be turned into a feature. The short followed Richie, a depressed twenty-something, on a night where he’s suddenly forced to take care of his 11-year-old niece Sophia. Fatima Ptacek, who also voices Dora the Explorer, will reprise her role as Sophia. Christensen, who wrote, directed and starred in the short as Richie, has cast Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Ron Perlman (Pacific Rim), and Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) in his feature adaptation, which is “based loosely” on the short. This will be Christensen’s feature directorial debut. [Deadline]
• Barry Pepper, the cross-kissing super sniper from Saving Private Ryan, has joined the cast of Kill the Messenger to play a federal prosecutor trying to protect the secret of the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking. We hope this might result in some epic debates between his character and Jeremy Renner’s Gary Webb, the journalist who uncovers and exposes the information. [Deadline]
• The Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy has found two more members of The Beach Boys. Kenny Wormald (Footloose) will play Dennis Wilson, and Jake Abel (I Am Number Four) will take on the role of Mike Love. [The Wrap]
• Timothée Chalamet, who plays Finn Walden on Homeland, Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), and Mackenzie Foy (Twilight) have reportedly been cast in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar. Everything about the project is quite secretive, but we do know that the film, which stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey, and Casey Affleck, will deal with time travel and is based on the ideas of Kip Thorne. [The Wrap, THR]
• Lucas Till (Stoker) is reprising his role as Alex Summers/Havok in X-Men: Days of Future Past, according to another casting tweet from director Bryan Singer.