Casting News: Olivia Munn in Magic Mike; Amy Adams Sought for The Orphanage; Another New Recruit for G.I. Joe 2
09.01.11 by Ryan
Olivia Munn (The Daily Show) is the latest to join director Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike. The independent stripper movie follows Channing Tatum as the title character, who teaches a younger, inexperienced dancer (Alex Pettyfer) how to hustle and has been described by Soderbergh as "sexy, funny and shocking."
Last week we saw a large group of actors join the cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Riley Keough and Cody Horn. With Keough grabbing the role of Pettyfer's love interest, Deadline reports that Munn will play the role of Amber, the love interest to Tatum's Mike. Of course, stripping will likely still be Magic Mike's first love.
Written by Reid Carolin (Earth Made of Glass), Magic Mike was loosely based on Tatum's own experiences as an exotic dancer when he was 18. Production begins next month.
Last January, New Line Pictures hired Arlington Road and The Mothman Prophecies director Mark Pellington to helm their remake of The Orphanage, based on the 2007 Spanish horror movie El Orfanato. Armed with a script from Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter), and original Orphanage executive producer Guillermo Del Toro (who will also produce the remake), the remake seems to have finally reached the casting phase.
Bloody-Disgusting reports that Academy Award–nominee Amy Adams is being sought by New Line for the role of Laura, the woman who takes over the orphanage she grew up in and finds that her son is soon playing with the same imaginary friend who used to torment her as a child. Adams is not officially cast in the role, but she is in talks for the part.
Adams is currently shooting director Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, The Man of Steel, in the role of Lois Lane.
No word yet on when Pellington will start shooting The Orphanage. For those unfamiliar with the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed original, you can watch the trailer here.
Earlier this month, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
took to his Twitter
to welcome Bruce Willis
to the cast of Paramount's G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation
, the sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
. Johnson was previously cast as heavy machine gunner and aspiring chef Roadblock
, and — for those that haven't been following our "Casting News" alerts — the casting of Willis must have come as a surprise (even though he had been cast
a week earlier).
Johnson can play the role of casting spoiler now, however, after revealing the latest cast addition on his Twitter a few days ago.
Fired up to work w/ my boy @DeRayDavis Mon. U better bring the funny, or I'm slappin' the lips off your face.
Johnson followed his casting reveal with another Tweet, which revealed that Johnson and Davis would share some screen time.
On set now. We're all waiting for ONE actor: @DeRayDavis. Very late. Time to get ya ass whupped son..
In case anyone thought that Davis' casting wasn't real, Johnson then posted a photo of himself and Davis in an arm wrestling pose.
What Johnson hasn't revealed is which part Davis is playing in the sequel. Several G.I. Joe characters have already been taken in the cast, which includes Rise of Cobra actors Channing Tatum as Duke, Ray Park as Snake Eyes, and Lee Byung-hun as Storm Shadow, as well as newcomers Ray Stevenson as the mercenary Firefly, French actress Elodie Yung (District 13: Ultimatum) as Jinx, D.J. Cotrona as the beret-wearing Flint, Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye and Willis as General Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe character and action figure. That leaves, roughly, about 100 to 200 other possibilities.
G.I. Joe 2 was written by Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and is being directed by Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never).