Casting Call: Weaver in RED LIGHTS, Akinnuoye-Agbaje in THE THING; Spencer in THE HELP; Bowler in THE KILLER ELITE and CITY OF GARDENS

     May 26, 2010

We have four pieces of quick casting news for you today.  First up, Sigourney Weaver has been cast in Red Lights. the next film from Rodrigo Cortés (Buried).  According to Bloody Disgusting, Lights is “about how the brain does not give a true picture of reality.”  BD also reports that Weaver will play “Margaret Matheson in the film that follows a para-psychologist who attempts to debunk a very reputable psychic who has just returned to the limelight after 30 years.”  Weaver can next be seen this September in the comedy You Again.  She’s also playing a vampire queen in Amy Heckerling’s Vamps.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in The Thing prequel, Octavia Spencer in The Help, and Grant Bowler in The Killer Elite and City of Gardens.

Shock reports that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, best known for his role as “Mr. Eko” in Lost, has been cast in the role of “Derek” in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror The ThingThe Thing also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Eric Christian Olson (Community), and Joel Edgerton (The Square).  Akinnuoye-Agbaje was most recently seen in last year’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Moving on, Octavia Spencer (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II) has joined the cast of Tate Taylor’s adaptation of The Help.  Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, the film is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s and per ComingSoon “explores how the unspoken code of behavior governing Southern households is shattered when an aspiring writer (Emma Stone) interviews a maid (Viola Davis), who speaks candidly about her experiences. The interview sets off shock waves that reverberate across the entire community.”  The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Lowell.

Finally, True Blood star Grant Bowler has landed roles in two upcoming films.  Reuters reports that Bowler will co-star alongside Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro in The Killer Elite.  The film is about “the real-life efforts of a private British vigilante group to eliminate a band of contract killers. Bowler will play Capt. James Cregg, an SAS officer and war hero who is one of the targets. It is shooting in Australia.”  Sound like a pretty sweet film.

The other flick, City of Gardens is slightly heavier fare.  Gardens “centers on a young California surfer in 1980 who is framed and thrown in a jail for political prisoners before escaping.  Bowler will play a schizophrenic named Jesus Christ who is stuck in solitary confinement. I will write letters demanding that Alan from The Hangover has a crossover with Grant’s character from this film and they make a movie called The Adventures of Fat and Schizo Jesus.

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