Casting News: Seth Rogen and Zac Efron Join Forces, a New Recruit for World War Z, Judge Added to The Dark Knight Rises
07.26.11 by Ryan
While it seems like an odd pairing, Zac Efron and Seth Rogen are teaming up for an untitled comedy from Universal Pictures.
Deadline reports that Universal won a day-long bidding battle for the movie, which benefited from a summer of successful, R-rated comedies. Rogen and his Superbad and Pineapple Express writing partner Evan Goldberg will produce the movie, scripted by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. The movie will follow Rogen as a regular guy living near a raucous fraternity house, where Efron is a member, whose life is disrupted by the fraternity's behavior.
The script was written for both Rogen and Efron. Universal, who released Bridesmaids this summer, won the property over New Line, who released Horrible Bosses. Both comedies scored with audiences this summer, and both studios clearly want to continue making R-rated comedies, which have been en vogue since The Hangover's smash success in 2009.
No word on who will direct the Rogen-Efron comedy.
Almost a month after Matthew Fox and Ed Harris went AWOL, the World War Z adaptation has finally landed a new recruit.
THR reports that Game of Thrones actor Elyes Gabel has been cast in the role of Fassbach, though little is known about the character. Gabel joins a cast headlined by Brad Pitt as a U.N. researcher and includes Mireille Enos (AMC's The Killing) as his wife, James Badge Dale (HBO's The Pacific) as a soldier who tries to warn the government of the zombie uprising, and French actress Julia Levy-Boeken in an unknown role.
Based on Max Brooks' best-selling novel, World War Z was adapted by screenwriters Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom) and J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling), and directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace). The movie is currently in production.
While offering few details on his role, Stargate SG-1
actor Christopher Judge
confirmed, via twitter
, that he has been cast in Christopher Nolan
's upcoming sequel, The Dark Knight Rises
I can finally confirm: I have been cast in "The Dark Knight Rises".
While Judge's casting is unofficial, Metro speculates that the actor will play Uhu, the henchman and bodyguard of Ra's al Ghul (played in a younger form by Josh Pence in The Dark Knight Rises and by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins).
The Dark Knight, which opens July 20, 2012, just recently had its teaser trailer released online. The cast includes returning cast members Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Nestor Carbonell as the mayor of Gotham City, and, of course, Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Newcoming cast members include Tom Hardy as the villain Bane; Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman; Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate; Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake; Matthew Modine as Nixon; and Alon Aboutboul as a "mad scientist."