September 23, 2010


We have two bits of casting news to bring you this morning.  First, Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, Richard Jenkins, and Elisabeth Moss have all joined Darling Companion.  The film was co-written, along with his wife Meg, by four time Oscar-nominee Lawrence Kasdan.  Companion is meant to be the third installment in a trilogy which includes 1983’s The Big Chill and 1991’s Grand Canyon.  From Risky Business, the film “follows a woman (Keaton) who takes in a stray dog as a companion to fill the void left by her distracted husband (Kline), only to see him lose the mutt after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies. A search for the animal includes several guests and a mysterious young woman.”  The report fails to disclose exactly what Jenkins and Moss’ roles may entail thus we are to assume Jenkins will be one of “several guests” with Moss perhaps filling the role of “mysterious young woman.”  Production on Companion is scheduled to begin within the next week in Utah.

To read about Stephen Root’s latest gigs, hit the jump.

stephen_root_imageVeteran television and film actor Stephen Root has landed roles in two films.  According to THR, Root has joined Ken Kwapis’ Everybody Loves Whales and Kevin Smith’s Red State.  Per the report, in Whales, Root will play the role of Gov. Haskell.  His turn in Red State remains undisclosed at this time.

Root joins a long list of names in Whales including: Kristen Bell, Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson, and Vinessa Shaw.  The film “tells the story of a reporter (John Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Drew Barrymore) who try to save trapped gray whales under the arctic circle in 1988.”  It begins shooting this month in Alaska.

Finally, as for Red State, Root will act alongside Melissa Leo, Dermot Mulroney, Kyle Gallner, and Michael Angarano to name a few.  It feels as if Smith has had this film in the chamber for a while and, with shooting set to commence this fall, it’s good to see the ball finally rolling on the project.

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