It's true, the master and the self-avowed non-actor are teaming up. Yay! Also today: the X-Men face a new foe, Amy Adams gets the most bizarre gig of her career, your comedy friends will be happy, and Nia Vardalos.
The X-Men are about to face their most formidable enemy. No, it's not Apocalypse or the Sentinels. It's dance. Beautiful, frantic Oklahoma Ren-Runnin', specifically. Yes, unkosher teen sensation Kevin Bacon has been cast in the upcoming X-Men: First Class movie as the major villain. The Baconator? Oinkman? Joined by his right-hand woman, the flaming hammer-wielding Sledgewick? Probably, yeah. That makes sense. Jennifer Lawrence, the beguiling beauty from this summer's bitter cold Winter's Bone, has been cast as a young Mystique. In related news, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos-O'Connell-Gibson (eventually) has been cast in Summer's Dong: Return to Ozark Mountain. [EW]
Hmm. And by "hmm" I mean "noooo." Supposedly Amy Adams, America's painfully nice babysitter, is gearing up to play bedraggled drugs-muppet Janis Joplin in a biopic about the brilliant musician's life and career. That is... exceptionally bad casting? Brilliantly against-type casting? Disney presents Janis! Will there be songs and James Marsden? Well, hah, that's a dumb question. Of course there will be
James Marsden songs. Sheesh. But yeah. What do you think about this? I think Amy Adam's just another word for nothing left to lose. (Or something.) [Deadline]
Set your lady-phasers to fun! You too, nerd gays. Be-vagina'd geniuses Meryl Streep and Tina Fey might be teaming up to star in Mommy & Me, a comedy to be directed by Streep's brilliant two-time (right? more?) costar, Stanley Tucci. That sounds delightful! I don't even know what the movie is about, but I would like to see it. "One ticket to Mommy & Me, please." "But sir, that movie hasn't even officially been cast yet, let alone filmed, edited, or released." "I said, one ticket to Mommy & Me please!" "Sir I..." "One ticket to Mommy & Me please!" [ticket cashier pauses, finally just sells me a ticket to Predators] "Thank you good sir!" [I fall over drunk/dead] [LAT]
Hey guess what. They are making The Fast & The Furious 5, starring dynamic acting machines Paul Walker, The "Dwayne Johnson" Rock, and two-time Teen Choice Award nominee Vin Diesel. So that's... Well, that's just what it is. The world works one way sometimes and other ways other times and that's how Fast & the Furious 5 happens. They've just cast two new people, a Portuguese fellow named Joaquim de Almeida who will play a villain, and Spanish ugmo Elsa Pataky, who will play a love interest for Vin Diesel's layered, Hotspurian character. (Hotspur is actually probably a terrible comparison, but whatever.) Yeah, Vin Diesel has a new love interest. That should tell you something about what happens in the fourth one. But don't take my word for it! [Variety]
Matt Walsh, one of the founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade and thus one of the three people to blame for all of those nights spent watching your friends' improv class graduations shows, is putting together a new improv movie. High Road is about a wise-cracking teen who goes on the run with a weed peddler after a drug deal goes bad. Horatio Sanz, Rob Riggle, Lizzy Caplan, Abby Elliott, and Kyle Gass are all in the cast. I'd say you should totally go see it, but unfortunately you can't. You're going to be spending a lot of time on 26th street in the next few months. Sorry. [THR]
Huh. Nia Vardalos, she of the ancient hit and recent failures, has teamed up with family-friendly (read: Christian) film company Walden Media to make Happy Mother's Day. It's about "four suburban moms who decide to take a road trip for Mother's Day." So it's basically Wild Hogs but for ladies. This might sound a bit obtuse, but do you think it's possible for Nia Vardalos to star in a movie that isn't about being a lady? I don't even know if I can articulate what I mean, but every movie she does is about bein' a gal who _____. Y'know? Anyway, good for her. If this doesn't work, at least her husband can support them with that sweet, sweet Cougar Town money. [Variety]