Amy Poehler to Join Tina Fey in THE NEST, Cate Blanchett in Talks for THE DIG, and John Magara Added to CAROL

     April 8, 2014


We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • The brilliant Golden Globes hosting duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may be reuniting for another feature, as Poehler is looking to co-star with Fey in the comedy The Nest.
  • Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in director Susanne Bier’s (In a Better World) archaeological drama The Dig.
  • Not Fade Away star John Magara has signed on to star alongside Rooney Mara in director Todd Haynes’ (I’m Not There) drama Carol.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.

tina-fey-amy-poehler-the-nestPer Showbiz 411, Amy Poehler is looking to star alongside Tina Fey in The Nest.  The comedy tells the story of two sisters who reunite for one last blow out when their parents decide to sell the family home.  Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore is taking the helm, and Fey is producing the project in addition to starring; Poehler would co-produce as well. The two previously worked together in the feature film world with 2004’s Mean Girls and 2008’s Baby Mama, and The Nest sounds like an incredibly promising prospect with Fey and Poehler onboard.  Filming begins in New York City in June.

Additionally, ScreenDaily reports that Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in director Susanne Bier’s adaptation of the John Preston novel The Dig.  The drama tells the story of the 1938 excavation of Sutton Hoo’s burial site, which included a bounty of riches from the sixth and seventh century.  Blanchett would play amateur archaeologist Edith Pretty, who was one of the driving forces behind the excavation at a time when our world was caught in a state of uncertainty during World War II.  Byzantium scribe Moira Buffini penned the screenplay, and producers are aiming for a late 2014 production start date.

Finally, The Wrap reports that Not Fade Away star John Magaro has joined the impressive cast of director Todd Haynes’ drama Carol.  The story revolves around the tempestuous relationship between two women in 1950s New York City, with Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett taking on the lead roles.  Magaro will play an artistic writer who works at the New York Times.  Production will get underway later this month with Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson also appearing in the ensemble.


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