Hugh Grant Joins Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.; Milla Jovovich Takes on Shakespeare in CYMBELINE; Clint Eastwood Adds JERSEY BOYS

     August 8, 2013


And today’s latest casting news features:

  • Hugh Grant (Cloud Atlas) takes a supporting role in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.
  • Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: Retribution) signs on for a regal role in Michael Almereyda’s contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, also starring Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Penn Badgley.
  • Mike Doyle (Green Lantern), Erich Bergen (How Sweet It Is) and Johnny Cannizzaro (Dark Fantasy) join Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys musical adaptation, also starring Christopher Walken.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

milla-jovovichFirst up from THR is news that Grant will snag a role in the feature adaptation of the TV series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.  Cavill stars as Napoleon Solo alongside Illya Kullyakin (Hammer), “who work for the mysterious United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.), as they race to find missing hydrogen bomb from a B-52 bomber.”  Grant stars as the British Naval Intelligence head.  Production is scheduled to begin in September.

Here’s a bit more on the take on Cymbeline, along with Jovovich’s role, from the press release:

Set to start principal photography on August 19, 2013 in New York City, CYMBELINE unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America.  In the vein of Sons of Anarchy and in the style of ROMEO + JULIET, CYMBELINE is a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge.

Playing the Queen, Milla Jovovich was most recently seen reprising her role as ‘Alice’ in the fifth installment of the Sony Screen Gems RESIDENT EVIL franchise. The films have become the longest running franchise with a female lead and have collectively brought in US$915 million at the worldwide box office.  Other film roles include THE FIFTH ELEMENT and STONE.

Filling out Eastwood’s Jersey Boys cast are Bergen, Doyle and Cannizzaro.  As Deadline reports, Bergen will reprise his stage role as Four Seasons singer, Bob Gaudio, while Doyle stars in the non-singing role of “Bob Crewe, the music producer who helps mold Frankie Valli and his bandmates into the Four Seasons.”  Cannizzaro plays Nick DeVito, “the twin brother of Tommy DeVito and a founding member of The Variety Trio, the group that began singing together before linking up with Valli and eventually becoming the Four Seasons.”

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