Casting Net: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling unite for 'The Big Short'
- Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will be taking on roles in The Big Short, a film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book follows the story of the creation of the housing and credit bubble of the early 2000s, leading up to the financial crisis, which lasted from 2007 to 2010. Along with the casting news comes the announcement that screenwriter Adam McKay will be leaving his usual comedic wheelhouse (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) to pen the script and possibly direct. [Vanity Fair]
- Selena Gomez has been cast alongside Paul Rudd in the adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving, the story of Ben, a man who takes a job as the caregiver to Trevor, a young man with muscular dystrophy, after losing his family. Gomez will play a “sassy 17-year-old who hitches a ride with the pair during a road trip, and whose forwardness and lack of embarrassment about Trevor’s condition causes him to develop a crush on her.” Shooting will begin Jan. 22 in Atlanta [Deadline]
- Christopher Walken, Mark McGrath, Patrick Warburton, and David Spade were all cast in the “first ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture,” Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. While Walken and Spade reprised their roles from the original film, McGrath and Warburton joined the cast as new characters. The sequel will be released in summer 2015 on the Sony Pictures Television streaming service, Crackle. [Broadway World]
- Sofia Black-D’Elia (Skins, Gossip Girl) and Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire) have been cast in the remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston classic, Ben-Hur. Black-D’Elia will be taking the role of Tirzah, the politically minded sister of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), and Santoro the role of Jesus, in the story of Ben-Hur’s feud with his once friend Messala (Toby Kebbell) during the age of the Roman Empire. Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal and Homeland’s Nazanin Boniadi have also landed roles in the Mark Burnett-produced film, set to begin filming soon in Europe. [Deadline]