Casting Call: Jamie Chung, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton and More in Talks for KNIFE FIGHT; Joey King Joins OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL; Katrina Bowden in AMERICAN REUNION

     May 25, 2011


We’ve got a few casting stories for you tonight. First up, Jamie Chung has joined Rob Lowe in the dark political flick Knife Fight, with Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Jennifer Morrison, Rebecca Mader and Titus Welliver all in talks to join the cast. And yes, that’s three actors from Lost in one movie (Bowen, Mader and Welliver). Lowe plays a political crisis specialist who plays hard and tough in dealing with various October campaign surprises.

Variety reports that Chung will play his assistant, Bowen plays an ambitious TV reporter sleeping with Lowe’s character for scoops, Britton plays an earthy liberal eyeing a run for public office, Welliver plays a private investigator working for Lowe, Mader plays a masseuse/prostitute with a penchant for blackmail and Morrison plays one of her classmates. Bill Guttentag is directing, with production set to start next month with an eye towards an October 2012 release date, just in time for election season. Hit the jump for news on the casting of Joey King as China Girl in Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful and Katrina Bowden in American Reunion.

wizard-of-oz-emerald-city-imageFresh off landing a role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, 11-year-old Joey King (Ramona and Beezus) is set to star in the Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, The Great and Powerful. Variety reports that King will play China Girl, a young character made of porcelain whose family has been destroyed by the villainous Evanora, played by Rachel Weisz.

James Franco plays the wizard, who takes pity on China Girl and becomes a bit of a surrogate father. Mila Kunis stars as Theodora (Wicked Witch of the West) and Michelle Williams is set to play Glinda the Good Witch. Oz, The Great and Powerful is set for release on March 8th, 2013, with filming slated to begin this July.

Finally, Katrina Bowden (30 Rock) has joined the cast of American Reunion. Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, and Jennifer Coolidge are all confirmed to return in the fourth installment of the American Pie franchise. Variety reports that Bowden will play Klein’s girlfriend, an “L.A. party-type” Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) will write and direct the flick that starts filming in Atlanta this month. American Reunion is set for release on April 6th, 2012.

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