Casting Call: Bullock and Carell Join THE ABSTINENCE TEACHER; Hanks, McAvoy, Portman, and Berry in Tykwer’s CLOUD ATLAS

     August 2, 2010


We have a couple casting news stories in one handy article for your viewing pleasure.  First up, Production Weekly reports [via The Playlist] that Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris may finally be moving forward with The Abstinence Teacher and that Steve Carell and Sandra Bullock are attached to lead.  The movie is based off Tom Perrotta’s sex-ed novel of the same name and “revolves around a divorced sex education teacher in middle America who is at odds with the town’s more conservative groups. At the same time, she finds herself falling for her daughter’s born-again soccer coach.”  Perrotta is still attached to write the script.  However, Dayton and Faris, while still on board to direct, are currently at work on the comedy Will, which was written by Demetri Martin, stars Zach Galifianakis and Paul Rudd, and is being produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, and Natalie Portman in Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas.

In June, we reported that Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Ian McKellan, and Natalie Portman may star in Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas.  Today, The Playlist reports that Hanks, Berry, McAvoy, and Portman are officially attached while McKellan remains a “question mark”. However, it should be noted that if these stars are attached, Atlas is still a ways off.  McAvoy is attached to play Professor X in X-Men: First Class, Tom Hanks is currently at work starring-in/directing Larry Crowne, and Portman is attached to an untitled Ivan Reitman comedy, Important Artifacts, Best Buds, and an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Here’s the synopsis for Cloud Atlas:

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation — the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.


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