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Tom Lipinski A Young Josh Brolin In ‘Labor Day’; Further Casting on ‘Identity Theft,’ ‘Magic Hour,’ and ‘Percy Jackson’

Posted by , on April 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm 

Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin are the onscreen equivalent of peaches and cream (or any pleasing combination, actually), but the latest casting on Jason Reitman‘s Labor Day might just be my favorite. As Variety reports, Tom Lipinski (Suits) is the top choice to play a young version of Brolin‘s character — specifically, “Frank Chambers an escaped convict who seeks shelter with a depressed single mom (Winslet) and her young son over a long Labor Day weekend.”

In flashback sequences, we’ll encounter Frank as a young Vietnam veteran who discovers that, twixt his departure and return, the love of his life is “no longer the innocent teenage girl he left behind.”And while I haven’t a clue if Lipinski is actually a decent actor — these sounds like crucial scenes, in the grand emotional scheme of things — the resemblance between the both of them is almost too good to pass up. Now, if only Tommy Lee Jones can play Frank in 2044…

Variety also informs us that Maika Monroe will be coming on board as the aforementioned young girl, Mandy, who eventually becomes Frank’s wife. A kiteboarder and occasional actor, Monroe will soon play the love interest to Zac Efron in a new film from Ramin Bahrani; a role in Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring is also in the cards.

Paramount and Indian Paintbrush are behind Labor Day; production should begin this summer.

Next up, Variety has learned that American Idol finalist — and Brolin‘s Men in Black III co-star — Kevin Covais will soon be seen in Identity Theft, having been placed in a cast already led by Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, and Amanda Peet. In Seth Gordon‘s film, the singer-cum-thespian will play an Eagle Scout looking to settle some scores after his own identity is taken away — presumably by McCarthy‘s character. The film will open on May 10th, 2013.

And, again, Variety tells us that Will Wallace — who holds the special distinction of being Terrence Malick‘s stepson — has been placed in Magic Hour, an independent crime story from writer-director Cole Mueller. Also starring C. Thomas Howell, the film centers on “a young man who falls in with the local crime family in Venice Beach in the early ’90s.”

Finally, we’ve heard from Deadline that total unknown Paloma Kwiatkowski is set for a major role, that of Thalia, in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters. While the Thor Freudenthal-directed sequel won’t give her a great deal to do, her screentime is guaranteed to be significant in those further installments Fox would really like to make happen. (Rick Riordan series depicts Thalia as the daughter of Zeus.) I might not have any interest in the film itself, but, in all seriousness, good for her. Percy Jackson will hit theaters on March 26th, 2013.

Do you see Lipinski working as a young Brolin? What does the other casting say to yourself?


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