Virginia Madsen and Elias Koteas have been cast to play opposite each other in the upcoming drama Jake Squared, from writer-director Howard Goldberg, Deadline reports. Koteas will be playing the titular character, a “filmmaker whose self-examination movie spins out of control,” while Madsen will be seen as Beth, who is simply described as “Jake’s confidant.” Goldberg‘s last picture — which came out quite a few years ago, back in 1996 — was titled Eden and had Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh in the leading role. Aside from that, he hasn’t seen much work in Hollywood; but this project — and the fact that he is a Sundance Institute Fellowship recipient — could definitely help his career out.
As for the stars of the film: Koteas has always had a knack for the darker side of roles, with his latest – Last Days on Mars – following suit. He’s also been cast alongside Jesse Eisenberg, among several other familiar faces, for the upcoming magician heist film, Now You See Me. The Oscar-nominated Madsen, meanwhile, has kept busy by attaching herself to the likes of AMC’s Hell on Wheels, as well as the female-led comedy The Hot Flashes. Although the duo seems a bit odd at first glance, both are perfectly great actors; I’m not worried about their union in the slightest. Now, the only trouble is figuring out if the project will end up being worthwhile. It may be a little too early to tell just yet.
Do you think Koteas and Madsen will make a good pair for Jake Squared?
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
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