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Phyllis Somerville Joins ‘Stoker’; Liv Tyler and Dominic Cooper In Talks For ‘The Cure’; Tom Wilkinson Circles ‘Little Boy’

Posted by , on August 23, 2011 at 11:15 pm 

Park Chan-wook will be making his English-language debut next year with Stoker, and he has a great lineup starring for him. Led by Mia Wasikowska, the Wentworth Miller-scripted film also stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Alden Ehrenreich, Jackie Weaver, and Dermot Mulroney. The story focuses on India (Wasikowska), a young girl who loses her father, and how the appearance of her uncle, Charlie (Goode), makes things a little more sinister; Kidman is playing India’s mother.

BloodyDisgusting now reports that Phyllis Somerville has jumped on board the movie, playing “Mrs. Garrick,” the housekeeper of Goode‘s titular character. She’s not an actress who seems to have had a ton of starring roles, but she did leave a big impression in Little Children, where she played the mother to Jackie Earle Haley‘s character. (If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go weep as a result of being reminded of that movie’s events.) Stoker is certainly one that we’re looking forward to quite a bit, due to both Chan-wook directing and the buzz surrounding Wentworth‘s screenplay, so its release sometime toward the end of 2012 is something to look forward to.

In other horror casting, STYD has learned that Devil’s Double star Dominic Cooper and Liv Tyler are negotiating to join The Cure, from Last House on the Left director Dennis Iliadis. Produced by Groundswell and written by Beau Thorne, the film follows “Jeff, a man desperate to cure his dying wife, Mary, who gives her over to a strange doctor for an unconventional form of treatment.” This doesn’t go quite as planned, since this method eventually “turns her into a blood-craving killer.” Cooper and Tyler would be playing the couple, but did you really need me to tell you that? Probably not.

The past year has been kind to Cooper, with turns in Captain America and The Devil’s Double earning him plenty of accolades. There lies a hard-to-deny gravitas in his performances, which makes me wonder if this is the right move for him. See, his career is really only taking off; if he does a bad horror movie (which I’m not saying this will be), it could hurt him. I don’t know too much about the film, so I won’t outright judge it, but that risk is there. Tyler, meanwhile, is someone who I only liked in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so she can kind of do whatever — Cooper is a much bigger deal, at least to me.

When it comes to a film that has nothing to do with the other two discussed in this article (e-mail me about what a nice segue that was), Variety tells us that Tom Wilkinson is in talks for Little Boy, a period drama directed by Alejandro Monteverde. Starring Ben Chaplin, Kevin James, Emily Watson, David Henrie, and Jakob Salvati, it follows “an 8-year-old with developmental problems” who has to “confront the cruelty of schoolmates and others” when his father (and only friend) is sent off to fight in World War II. Monteverde co-wrote the script with Pepe Portillo, whom he collaborated with on the short film Bocho.

No word on what role Wilkinson might have, but those of us who are familiar with him might not care too much — guy’s a terrific actor, and his career demonstrates an ability to play anything that’s thrown his way. Seriously: If you can be a mob boss in Batman Begins and a crazy lawyer in Michael Clayton — while nobody knows what your real accent is — you’ve earned my trust. And, hey, maybe I should talk about the movie. It sounds like a typical tearjerker, but one that’s well-composed succeeds because people truly like them; just look at the career of Nicolas Sparks for proof. Either way, I can almost promise you that Wilkinson will be awesome in this if he joins.

Do any of these films sound exciting to you? What do you think of the actors being cast?


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