Casting Call: Brendan Fraser to Lead WHOLE LOTTA SOLE; Michelle Rodriguez to Co-Star in THE HOME; Hayley Atwell Joins I, ANNA

     March 14, 2011


We have some quick casting news for you this morning.  First up, Brendan Fraser will star in the heist comedy Whole Lotta Sole for director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda).  Variety reports that the story centers on a young man who robs a fish shop in order to pay off a gambling debt, but the heist goes sideways when it turns into a hostage situation.  Fraser will play the shopkeeper who’s on the run from his gangster father-in-law.  Fraser had a rough 2010 with Extraordinary Measures and Furry Vengeance so hopefully Whole Lotta Sole will work out for him.  He’s also attached to star in the Neil LaBute drama Seconds of Pleasure with Kristen Scott Thomas.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding Michelle Rodriguez and Hayley Atwell.

Michelle Rodriguez has been doing press for Battle: Los Angeles (click here for our exclusive interview with her) and she told The Playlist that she’ll be co-starring in the horror flick The Home.  Written by Eric Vespe (aka AICN’s “Quint”), the film is about “a firefighter who is nearly killed during a failed rescue that leaves him physically and emotionally scarred. To recuperate, he is taken to a secluded nursing home where the elderly residents appear to be suffering from delusions. But after witnessing a violent attack, he soon realizes that the screams behind the walls are caused by more than hallucinations, and the residents are being preyed upon by twisted, monstrous nightmares that lurk within the home itself.”  Rodriguez tells The Playlist that production is currently being set up and that she plans to shoot the film over the summer.

Finally, Hayley Atwell (The Duchess) has joined the cast of writer-director Barnaby Southcombe’s debut feature I, Anna.  Atwell will reunite with her Duchess co-star Charlotte Rampling in the “London-set suspense thriller” that “charts the story of a woman’s life being turned upside down after a date gone wrong, and the impossible love of the policeman tracking her down.”  THR reports that Atwell will play Emmy, the daughter of Rampling’s eponymous character.  The film will also star Eddie Marsan, Jodhi May, Bill Milner, and Honor Blackman.

Atwell will next be seen in Captain America: The First Avenger.

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