Willem Dafoe Returns for FINDING DORY; Jennifer Ehle Boards FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and THE FORGER; Lake Bell Joins THE COUP

     October 7, 2013


Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each film.

willem-dafoe-finding-doryFirst up from TotalFilm is news that Dafoe is reprising his role as Gill for Pixar’s sequel, Finding Dory.  Here’s what Dafoe had to say on the experience:

“Yeah I’ve already started.  It’s even better than the first. It’s fantastic. It’s good to say I think it’s going to be better than the first; that’s good advertising! It’s difficult to repeat a success and so many years afterwards, but it’s really cool. I’ve done one session so far and I just am going to have such a good time.”

From THR comes word that Bell is the latest addition to The Coup.  The story follows “an American family living in Southeast Asia who get caught in the middle of a violent revolution. They must flee to safety while being hunted by a murderous rebel leader … Bell will play Annie Dwyer, a woman who is loved by everyone and has a seemingly perfect family life, but wonders sometimes if she should be happier than she is.”  Production is scheduled to start in Thailand on October 31st.

jennifer-ehle-a-gifted-manEhle has earned two spots in today’s round-up, the first being a high-profile role in Fifty Shades of Grey as Anastasia Steele’s mother, Carla.  Deadline describes the character as “a strong Southern woman on her fourth marriage.”  For more on Ehle’s role in The Forger along with other new casting additions, here are the details via this press release:



(LOS ANGELES, CA) October 7, 2013 – BAFTA TV Award and Tony Award winning actress Jennifer Ehle (ZERO DARK THIRTY, CONTAGION), Anson Mount (AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” SAFE), Abigail Spencer (Sundance Channel’s “Rectify,” OZ THE GREAT AND THE POWERFUL) and Marcus Thomas (YOU KILL ME, DROWNING MONA) join the cast of heist film THE FORGER, starring alongside two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner John Travolta, Oscar winner Christopher Plummer (BEGINNERS, THE LAST STATION) and Venice Film Festival Award winner for Best New Young Actor Tye Sheridan (JOE, MUD, THE TREE OF LIFE), it was announced today by producers and co-financiers Code Entertainment’s (“Code”) Al Corley and Bart Rosenblatt and Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel of The Solution Entertainment Group (“The Solution”). 

The film started shooting today, October 7th on location in Boston, Massachusetts.

BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning director Philip Martin (BBC’s “Wallander”) is directing from a script by Richard D’Ovidio (THE CALL).

Code’s Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt, and Eugene Musso will produce the film along with Rob Carliner.  Jonathan Dana and Randi Michel will executive produce alongside The Solution’s Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson. Anson Downes and Linda Favila will serve as co-executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes cinematographer John Bailey (AS GOOD AS IT GETS, GROUNDHOG DAY), Emmy nominated production designer Derek Hill (INTO THE WILD, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN) and Oscar nominated editor Peter Boyle (THE HOURS, QUILLS).

THE FORGER tells the story of a former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief, Ray Cutter (Travolta) who arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, Will Cutter (Sheridan). Ray and his father, Joseph Cutter (Plummer), must come together to carry out one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release.

Ehle will star as Kim, Ray’s emotionally fragile ex-wife, with Mount cast as Keating, a member of the syndicate who creates trouble for Ray. Spencer will play Paisley, a DEA agent and Thomas will play Carl, Ray’s long time friend and wingman.

The Solution is handling international sales with WME Global and ICM Partners handling domestic sales.

“We are blessed to add such an incredibly talented and powerful group of actors to THE FORGER.  Jennifer, Anson, Abigail and Marcus greatly enhance an already abundance of creative energy,” said Al Corley.

Jennifer Ehle won a BAFTA TV Award for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in BBC’s mini-series PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress in WILDE co-starring Stephen Fry. She has also won 2 Tony Awards for her work in The Real Thing and The Coast of Utopia. Her recent feature film credits include ZERO DARK THIRTY, CONTAGION, THE KING’S SPEECH and THE IDES OF MARCH and she will next appear in BLACK AND WHITE opposite Kevin Costner, Gillian Jacobs and Octavia Spencer, in post-production.

Anson Mount stars as Cullen Bohannon in the critically acclaimed AMC series “Hell on Wheels.” His film credits include the recently released ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE with Amber Heard, the upcoming NON-STOP with Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, SAFE opposite Jason Stratham, STRAWDOGS co-starring James Marsden, HICK, COOK COUNTY and IN HER SHOES, among others.

Abigail Spencer can currently be in seen in Sundance Channel’s critically acclaimed original series RECTIFY, for which she was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress. She will next appear in Shawn Levy’s THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU opposite Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. Her feature film credits include Disney’s box office hit OZ THE GREAT AND THE POWERFUL co-starring James Franco, COWBOYS & ALIENS and CHASING MAVERICKS.

Marcus Thomas is a Belgian-born actor whose credits include KILL THE IRISHMAN with Christopher Walken and Vincent D’Onofrio, John Dahl’s YOU KILL ME co-starring Ben Kingsley and DROWNING MONA opposite Danny DeVito, Bette Midler and Casey Affleck.

Ehle is repped by ICM and Independent Talent Group, Mount by CAA and Brookside Artist Management and Spencer by ICM and Untitled Management.

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