Casting News: John Malkovich to Fight Zombies in Warm Bodies, Adam Rodriguez Joins Magic Mike, and The Dark Knight Rises
09.08.11 by Ryan
Academy Award–nominated actor John Malkovich is no stranger to genre movies, appearing in two comic book adaptations last year — RED and Jonah Hex (sorry about that last one, John). Malkovich's latest role will have him waging war on the undead.
Variety reports that Malkovich is in final negotiations to join
Summit Entertainment's adaptation of Warm Bodies, based on the novel by Isaac Marion. Directed by Jonathan Levine (the upcoming 50/50), Warm Bodies follows an existentially tormented zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) who falls for a human woman (Teresa Palmer) after devouring her boyfriend. His emotions begin a chain reaction amongst the undead. Malkovich will play General Grigio, who is obsessed with destroying the zombie threat and is also the father of the Palmer. Malkovich as a villain is usually a good time, so consider us pleased with the casting choice.
Production on Warm Bodies starts this month. Levine adapted the screenplay from Marion's novel.
Actor Adam Rodriguez is mostly known for his work on the CBS forensic drama CSI: Miami, but will be more recognizable to movie audiences after landing roles in two upcoming projects.
Deadline reports that Rodriguez has been cast in both director Steven Soderbergh's independent stripper movie Magic Mike and Christopher Nolan's upcoming sequel, The Dark Knight Rises.
In Magic Mike, which stars Channing Tatum as a male dancer who teaches a younger, inexperienced dancer (Alex Pettyfer) how to hustle, Rodriguez will play, you guessed it, a male stripper. The actor joins a cast of beefcakes that includes Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Olivia Munn, Riley Keough and Cody Horn represent the female contingent of the cast. Production starts this month.
Rodriguez's role in The Dark Knight Rises is a mystery, with no details given in the report. The highly-anticipated sequel is currently shooting, and the role was described as "small." The Dark Knight opens July 20, 2012, and the teaser trailer can be seen here.