Julia Stiles has kind of fallen off the map, with 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum being the last thing I can even remember her being in. Whatever the reasons for this absence from major features, Deadline informs us of her signing on for The Silver Linings Playbook, the next film from David O. Russell that stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver. She’s joining the group as the older sister of Lawrence‘s character, a “depressed woman who, when her husband dies, goes on a sexual spree, even at the cost of her job.”
Also becoming attached is Chris Tucker, whose involvement we heard about roughly a month ago. This would be his first movie since 2007’s Rush Hour 3; between Stiles and he, this is something of a… 2007-related comeback film. Okay, not really — but it does show that an interesting cast is being pulled together for the Matthew Quick adaptation. In case you haven’t been keeping tabs on this one: The story follows Cooper‘s character, a “former high school teacher who is institutionalized for depression and is released from a health facility determined to find the silver linings in his life”; things get complicated when Lawrence enters the picture. Silver Linings is said to begin shooting this fall, with a release in late 2012 seeming pretty likely.
Meanwhile, Variety has learned of a new starring role for Paul Walker. According to them, the Fast and Furious actor will headline Hours, the directorial debut of The Thing co-writer Eric Heisserer that’s described as a “post-Katrina dramatic thriller.” Financed by Safran Company, this will have him starring as “a young father fighting to keep his newborn daughter alive in an abandoned New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina.” Production is scheduled to commence this coming March in New Orleans.
It almost seems like Hurricane Katrina-centered films are starting to become viable options for actors and studios; don’t forget that Will Smith has tried to get Denzel Washington on as a star for The American Can, which the actor is producing. What I’m reminded of with this movie is Oliver Stone‘s World Trade Center, since both that and Hours look at a tragic event from a more limited perspective. It would be nice if this is at least a little better.
Are you a fan of either actor? Do they make good fits for their respective films?