Casting Roundup: Emma Watson Wants More Perks, Nicole Kidman Goes Silent, Jamie Foxx Channels MLK


Some pretty big and cool casting news in the roundup today, and not a single one about a superhero or a galaxy far, far away! (But seriously, we need some official Star Wars news ASAP.)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower duo Stephen Chbosky and Emma Watson are going to work together again, which is good news for everyone. Chbosky is set to direct novel adaptation While We're Young (not to be confused with the one Noah Baumbach is working on at the moment with the same title), and Watson will star in it. The story follows three generations of women, a 75 year old grandmother who feels younger than she is, her 55 year old daughter and 29 year old granddaughter. Watson is probably play the granddaughter, and she'll probably be aged down from 29. [Deadline]

• A long-gestating Dreamworks biopic on Martin Luther King, Jr. looks to be finally moving forward, with Oliver Stone in talks to direct and Jamie Foxx in talks to play the Civil Rights leader. The director and star previously worked together on Any Given Sunday. The untitled MLK biopic is one of several in the works, but is the one that has the stamp of approval from King's surviving family members. [The Wrap]

• From one in-danger wife (Before I Go to Sleep) to another, Nicole Kidman has been set to star in The Silent Wife, about a husband and wife whose marriage is in disarray and may even be headed for a much bigger catastrophe. This one looks like it's in the early stages with no writer or director set yet, but with Kidman on board, it's bound to become a hot ticket. [Deadline]

Reese Witherspoon's new movie Wild is apparently already shooting (who knew?) and has added one late cast addition. Cougar Town series regular Brian Van Holt will play a park ranger who woos Witherspoon's character as she takes on a 1,100 mile solo hike in a journey of self discovery. [THR]

• Most of the Game of Thrones cast is leveraging their newfound fame into big screen roles, and one of the youngest is no different. Sophie Turner has already wrapped her big screen debut Another Me, and has now joined Hailee Steinfeld in teen assassin comedy/thriller Barely Lethal, with Steinfeld in the role of a teen trained at a special assassin school who tries to integrate into normal society by enrolling in public school. Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Alba round out the most random cast ever. [Deadline]

Angelina Jolie continues to enlist rising young actors for her Unbroken, starring Jack O'Connell as Louie Zamperinini, whose true life WWII survival tale will be brought to the big screen next year. Aussie Jordan Patrick Smith is the latest to sign on, to play a fellow POW who isn't handling his lot in life very well. [Deadline]

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