Casting News: Susan Sarandon to Snitch With The Rock; Russell Brand Saves Julianne Hough; Eric Bana is Brilliant
09.28.11 by Ryan
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is needs some big-time help for one of his next movies and that help is coming from... Susan Sarandon?
Currently shooting G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation, THR reports that one of Johnson's next projects is the action thriller Snitch, which sees the former wrestler-turned-action star play a suburban father who goes undercover to help capture a drug dealer when his teenage son is given a long prison sentence. Sarandon will play an ambitious U.S. attorney who thinks a drug bust will help her political ambitions.
Written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Felon), Snitch was originally written by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road), until Waugh became attached and rewrote the script, and is based on a Frontline documentary. No word on when Snitch will start shooting — oddly, no one is talking.
Academy Award–winning screenwriter Diablo Cody
) is preparing to make her directorial debut with the upcoming movie — currently titled Untitled Diablo Cody Project
(formerly Lamb of God
) — and has cast her two lead roles
with Russell Brand
(Get Him to the Greek
) and Julianne Hough
), says ComingSoon
The movie, also written by Cody, will follow Hough as a sheltered woman who loses her faith after surviving a plane crash and heads to Las Vegas to experience her wild side. An unlikely companion (Brand) helps her learn about her true self. Expect plenty of quips amongst the moments of self-reflection!
Production is set to start in the spring.
After training his daughter to be a secret weapon in this year's Hanna, Eric Bana will pull off his own heist in the upcoming thriller Brilliant.
Variety reports that Bana is in negotiations to star as a small-time criminal who joins accomplished thieves for a diamond heist. Rom-com director Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde, The Ugly Truth) is helming the caper, and we're hoping it will be more like his poker-based drama 21 than last year's Killers. Gillian Gorfil, who is typically a producer on projects like Blood Diamond, wrote the script, her first.
Bana has been acting in a variety of genres lately, but it will be good to see him in something close to his breakout movie, Munich.