Casting News: Mary-Louise Parker Joins R.I.P.D.; Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, and More to Strip in Magic Mike
Posted 08.23.11 by Ryan
Mary-Louise Parker is set to reunite with her RED director Robert Schwentke in Universal's adaptation of R.I.P.D..
Based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name, R.I.P.D. follows a recently a recently murdered police officer (Ryan Reynolds) who accepts a job at the Rest in Peace Department, where he partners with a gunslinger from the 1880s (Jeff Bridges) to find the man that murdered him. According to Variety, Parker will play the "the woman overseeing the division who explains to Reynolds' character what has happened when he dies."
Parker joins a cast that also includes Kevin Bacon as the movie's antagonist and the recently cast Stephanie Szostak (Dinner for Schmucks, We Bought a Zoo), who will play Reynolds' wife. Adapted by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Clash of the Titans remake), R.I.P.D. is scheduled for release on June 28, 2013. Production begins next month in Boston.
Production will also begin on director Steven Soderbergh's independent stripper movie Magic Mike next month and actors are lining up to take part.
Starring Channing Tatum as an experienced stripper (Tatum worked as an exotic dancer when he was 18) who teaches a younger, inexperienced dancer (Alex Pettyfer) how to hustle, Soderbergh has called Magic Mike "sexy, funny and shocking."
Casting news start revealing itself last week, when Variety reported Matthew McConaughey was joining the cast as Dallas, a former exotic dancer himself who now owns and operates the club Xquisite, where "Magic Mike" works. Following McConaughey, THR reported Matthew Bomer (USA's White Collar, the upcoming In Time) would also join the cast as another stripper working at the club, while EW reports that True Blood's Joe Manganiello has been cast as Big Dick Richie, whom, we're guessing, is called that because he's really good at figuring out mysteries.
On the female side, E! Online recently revealed
Riley Keough (The Runaways), granddaughter of Elvis Presley, has won the role of Pettyfer's love interest over Lindsay Lohan. The most recent casting news comes from The Playlist, who reports that Cody Horn (Flipped) has won the role of Pettyfer’s sister Paige, who becomes romantically involved with Tatum. Jessica Biel was reportedly up for the role, but passed.
Written by Reid Carolin (Earth Made of Glass), Magic Mike is scheduled for release for 2012, which means it hasn't actually been scheduled at all, but is expected to be released next year. Likely to the tune of "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns 'n Roses.