Casting Net: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Hartnett cast in James Franco's 'The Long Home'
Josh Hartnett and Ashton Kutcher are the latest stars to join James Franco’s adaptation of The Long Home, based on the novel by William Gay which centers around a young man (Josh Hutcherson) who is employed by the same bootlegger who was responsible for killing his father 10 years earlier. Franco will also star. Production has already begun. [The Wrap]
Kellan Lutz (Twilight) will be starring in the action-thriller The Feud. The story follows a mysterious young man named Toland (Lutz), who goes back to his home town in the rural Midwest to attend his brother’s funeral. But he ends up going head-to-head with the local crime kingpin who confines him and his friends to an abandoned farming complex. Toland uses his wits in order to unlock a bigger mystery as the group must battle for their lives. Production is scheduled to begin this summer. [The Wrap]
South Korean star Byung-hun Lee will be taking the role of Billy Rocks in the cast of MGM’s remake of The Magnificent Seven, with Jason Momoa is in talks to join the cast as a villian. Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wagner Moura and Haley Bennett currently make up the cast of the remake, which follows seven skilled gunmen who sign on to protect a small Mexican town from a gang of outlaws. [The Wrap, Deadline]
Ashley Bell, Darby Stanchfield, Pat Healy and Alan Ruck are all boarding the crime caper/horror film Carnage Park. Set during the ’70s, the film follows a pair of wannabe crooks who flee to the desert after botching a bank heist. There they happen upon Carnage Park, a remote piece of wilderness occupied by a psychotic ex-sniper. The film will begin shooting on May 11 in Los Angeles. [Deadline]
Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen will be starring in Every Good Boy Does Fine, a thriller from executive producer Steve Buscemi. The film centers around Brian, a young boy on the verge of adolescence who has a tendency toward anger. Brian could be a piano prodigy but he hates to practice and play until he meets music professor Mr. Anderson. The professor becomes Brian’s mentor and the father figure he needed. The only problem is Brian increasingly suspects that Mr. Anderson is the serial killer that has been targeting musicians. [Deadline]
Virginia Gardner will be playing the female lead in the upcoming indie drama Goat alongside cast members Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas. The film follows a 19-year-old who, after being assaulted, enrolls in the same college as his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of “brotherhood,” will test the boy as well as his loyalty to his own brother in brutal ways. [Variety]
Due to scheduling conflicts, Lili Taylor has replaced Angela Bettis’s character, the mother of the famed serial killer in the prequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface. Stephen Dorff, Sam Strike, James Bloor, Sam Coleman and Jessica Madsen are also starring in the movie, which tells of “a young nurse who is kidnapped by four violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind, molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.” [The Hollywood Reporter]