Casting News: Kristen Wiig Lands Imogene; The Lone Ranger Gets a Female Lead, and Leatherface Claims More Victims
07.13.11 by Ryan
Kristen Wiig has landed her first post-Bridesmaids role, and the extra good news is that it's one she's coveted for a while.
THR reports that Wiig will play the title character in Imogene, which will go into production on August 8 with American Splendor directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and a script from screenwriter Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere. Wiig will also serve as executive producer on the project.
Wiig has been championing the Imogene script for a while, and has been attached to the project for well over a year. "It’s basically about a girl who kind of pretends to kill herself," Wiig told The Playlist in March. "Starting off really funny, isn’t it? She does it to get her recently ex-boyfriend’s attention. She ends up having to go live with her mom, whom she hasn’t seen in years. It’s kind of about going back home, so she finds her life again and gets reintroduced to her family, kind of a coming home story."
At the time of the interview, funding had not come through for Imogene, but with the huge success of Bridesmaids, it looks like Wiig's passion project is finally on its way.
Disney's production of The Lone Ranger has already cast its title character (Armie Hammer from The Social Network), the Ranger's trusty sidekick Tonto (Johnny Depp), and the railroad tycoon who is likely the movie's villain (Tom Wilkinson).
Outside of supporting roles, that leaves the female lead, which Deadline reports will be played by British actress Ruth Wilson (BBC's Luther). According to the report, Wilson has been cast as Rebecca, though other details on the role are "sketchy." Wilson beat out several candidates for the role, including Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life) and Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch).
Scripted by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road) and directed by
Gore Verbinski (the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies), The Lone Ranger opens on December 21, 2012.
Lionsgate is surrounding the recently cast lead Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) with plenty of new
victims cast members for its upcoming The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.
Deadline reports that Tania Raymonde (Lost) has joined the cast as Nikki, the best friend of Heather (Daddario) who is described as "a small-town girl with an attitude." According to Bloody-Disgusting, Sue Rock (Varsity Blues) has also been cast as "Arlene," though no other details about the character were given. According to a separate Deadline report, Scott Eastwood (son of Clint) has been cast in the role of Carl, the male lead.
Ignoring all other sequels, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D will be a direct sequel to director Tobe Hooper's 1974 original and will follow the group of friends as they head to Texas to claim Heather's inheritance only to discover that Leatherface is her cousin. Bummer.
Production begins later this month in Shreveport, Louisiana, with John Luessenhop (Takers) at the helm. The sequel, reportedly the start of a trilogy, opens on October 5, 2012.