Here are some recent casting news updates from inside the Hollywood circle.
First off, EW is telling all that Dustin Hoffman is going to be reprising his role in the third Focker film, Little Fockers. Originally, he was supposedly written out of the movie, but he is now confirmed to be back in.
Hoffman will be in four scenes, some indeed with Streisand, a studio source confirms. These were shot during one week of additional photography, after Hoffman had seen the movie and wanted to be a part of it. The source also confirms that the reason for Hoffman’s initial unavailability was not salary-related.
While I thought the first film Meet The Parents was pretty strong for a comedy, its sequel was unwatchable, so this news comes with little entusiasm here.
Up next, Jessica Alba (who is working with Robert Rodriguez in his upcoming Machete, will also star in the latest in his Spy Kids series, Spy Kids 4. Considering Spy Kids probably doesn’t require great acting (I haven’t seen any of them but I feel strongly in this guess), Alba is perfectly cast as a retired spy. I could totally see her in that. HeatVision says of Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World:
The Dimension movie is a reboot of sorts for the moneymaking franchise, which initially starred Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara as the kids of superspy parents (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino). Rodriguez wrote and directed each installment.
Vega and Sabara are no longer kids — Vega is nearly 23 and recently engaged — but Rodriguez wanted to continue the series.
The new movie centers on Alba as a retired spy who has been reactivated. The actress, mother of a toddler in real life, will be playing the mother of a baby and two preteen stepchildren.
Makes complete sense that it is Spy “kids” with young 20 something actors in the roles. Moving on…
The Passion of the Christ star Jim Caviezel (I thought he was gonna take off after that movie(?), I guess not) is set to star in Transit. Via THR
In the story line, thieves on the run from a bank robbery come across a suburban family on its way to a camping trip. When the criminals stash their stolen money in the family’s SUV at a rest stop, the road trippers, with Caviezel as the protective father, unwittingly draw the murderous band of outlaws on their trail.
Seems reasonably intriguing.
Comingsoon says Katie Holmes is joining the cast of Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill. Al Pacino and Sandler also star.
In the Dennis Dugan-directed script, a family man by the name of Jack deals with his twin sister, Jill, when she visits for Thanksgiving then won’t leave. Sandler will play both characters.
Holmes would play Sandler’s wife; Pacino is set to play himself.
BTW, Jack and Jill went up the hill with $1.25 a piece, Jill came down with $2.50. Holmes is starting to re-take on roles after her married life has settled in it appears. I like that Pacino is playing “himself”. What does that mean these days? Does he even know how he really is in real life anymore? A valid question. If you have thoughts, share them.