Casting News: Jack Nicholson Offered 42; More Added to The Dark Knight Rises; Eduardo Noriega vs. Schwarzenegger in Last Stand
10.14.11 by Ryan
A biopic about Hall-of-Fame baseball star Jackie Robinson was first announced in June, and may be courting its first actor.
Vulture reports Jack Nicholson has been offered an unspecified role in the movie, titled 42 after Robinson's jersey number. The report speculates that Nicholson could be asked to play Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed Robinson to a minor-league contract in 1945. Rickey would sign Robinson to a Major League contract two years later, making Robinson the first African-American player to join the league.
Brian Helgeland, who wrote the screenplays for last year's Robin Hood and L.A. Confidential, and wrote and directed 2001's A Knight's Tale, is attached to write and direct the biopic, with Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson collaborating to maintain biographical authenticity.
While it's no secret that director Christopher Nolan is currently shooting his third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, it seems the movie is also still casting as well.
Variety reports that Rob Brown (Finding Forrester, The Express) has been cast in the highly-anticipated sequel in an unspecified role. All we can say is, you're the man now Rob!
Earlier this month, Monsters and Critics reported that Italian-born TV actor Massi Furlan was also cast in the movie, but, again, the role was not specified. Furlan shot only one scene and called his time on the movie "an extraordinary experience".
A casting rumor that recently sprung up had to do with Cillian Murphy, who played Dr. Jonathan Crane, a.k.a. the Scarecrow, in Batman Begins and did a cameo as the character in The Dark Knight. Murphy was apparently spotted during the production's shoot in L.A., though, like many rumors regarding The Dark Knight Rises, it remains unconfirmed.
finally has his man.
Casting on the upcoming chase movie The Last Stand has been ongoing the past few weeks, with several new additions arriving last week. In the movie, Schwarzenegger will play the sheriff of a small border town who is forced to take on a drug kingpin who has escaped prison and is trying to flee to Mexico with his gang and $400 million dollars. Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Rodrigo Santoro (300) and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) are set to play police officers under Schwarzenegger's command, and Swedish actor Peter Stormare (Fargo, Armageddon) will play the main villain's right-hand man. The only role waiting to be cast was that of the drug kingpin.
Variety reports Eduardo Noriega (Blackthorn) is set to play the ruthless fugitive Cortez and will square off against everyone's favorite body builder-turned-actor-turned-California governor-turned-actor-again.
The Last Stand was written by newcomer Andrew Knauer and subsequently rewritten by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor) and George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum). Ji-woon Kim (The Good, the Bad, the Weird) will direct the movie, which starts production Oct. 20 in New Mexico and opens in theaters on Jan. 18, 2013.