Casting News: Anne Hathaway Confirmed for Les Miserables; Ben Affleck's Argo Casts Three; Great Gatsby Adds Two
08.31.11 by Ryan
At this year's Comic-Con, Hugh Jackman revealed that after he was done shooting The Wolverine he would play the role of ex-convict Jean Valjean in The King's Speech director Tom Hooper's musical version of Les Miserables. While The Wolverine is now possibly delayed until Spring 2012, Les Miserables is on track to start in February, and Jackman has his first female co-star.
Broadway World reports that Anne Hathaway is set to star in the movie as Fantine, the ill-fated mother of Cosette who sings the popular "I Dreamed a Dream" in the first act of the musical. EW confirmed that Hathaway is in talks for the role. Reportedly, Jackman pushed for Hathaway, who, in February, sang the song "On My Own" from the Les Miserables musical to Jackman while co-hosting the Oscars. At the time, Hathaway joked that Jackman wouldn't sing with her after he "bailed on [her] at the last minute," but the pair will have a chance to sing together in the movie should Hathaway's negotiations go through.
Russell Crowe is still reportedly looking to join the movie as Inspector Javert. Crowe's interest in the role was first reported in July. Les Miserables was adapted by author and screenwriter William Nicholson (Gladiator).
Actor-director Ben Affleck has added three new cast members to his upcoming political thriller Argo.
Based on a 2007 Wired article titled "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran", Argo's plot basically follows the article's title as CIA exfiltration expert Tony Mendez (Affleck) creates a fake Hollywood production in order to rescue six Americans from the Tehran hostage crisis with the help of a Hollywood producer named Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) and Academy Award–winning makeup artist John Chambers (John Goodman).
Variety reports that Affleck has added three actors to the Argo cast: Taylor Schilling (Atlas Shrugged), Tate Donovan (The O.C.) and Nelson Franklin (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Schilling will play Christine Mendez, a former teacher and Affleck's wife, while Donovan plays U.S. embassy consular officer Bob Anders. Franklin will play a reporter.
George Clooney is producing the thriller, which was written by Chris Terrio (Heights). Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Scoot McNairy (Monsters) also star.
Director Baz Luhrmann's upcoming 3-D adaptation of The Great Gatsby is gearing up for production and filling out the rest of the cast. Leonardo DiCaprio is already set to play the title role of Jay Gatsby alongside Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy, Gatsby's love interest, Joel Edgerton as Daisy's husband Tom Buchanan, and Isla Fisher as Buchanan's mistress, Myrtle. Luhrmann has been rounding out the cast, adding Gemma Ward (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four).
EW got the scoop about Ward, who has been cast in an unspecified role, while Variety reports that McAuliffe will play Gatsby at a young age.
Based on the 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby was adapted by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge). Shooting has already begun in Australia, with DiCaprio, Maguire and Fisher turning up in some recent set photos.