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Emory Cohen To Go To ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’; Elyes Gabel Joins ‘World War Z’

Written by on July 24, 2011 

Several days ago, the news broke that True Blood actor Dane DeHaan had joined The Place Beyond the Pines as the son of characters played by Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes. Said to get involved in “a botched drug deal” with Bradley Cooper and Greta Gerwig‘s offspring, he was also mentioned as being one of the last major roles that needed to be cast. Putting two and two together would lead one to the assumption that one of the very last major roles requiring an actor is the aforementioned son of the other two leads.

Thankfully, Variety tells us that Emory Cohen, who’s previously been seen in movies like Afterschool and New York, I Love You, has landed that part. The character is described as “AJ, a drug dealing teen who’s resentful of his father, who seems to care more about his budding political career.” (Cooper‘s character is a cop-turned politician.) He’ll be clashing with the DeHaan character, as we previously assumed. The cast that he’s joining is a great one, because it also contains Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, and Gabe Fazio. Directed by Blue Valentine helmer Derek Cianfrance, the film is scheduled to begin production this coming week.

As for Marc Forster‘s World War Z, which currently stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, and James Badge Dale, THR has learned that Elyes Gabel is now a part of that lineup. His character is named Fassbach, but that seems to be the only big information given out about him at this time. I’ll make the wild prediction that he’ll encounter zombies at some point during the film’s duration, and he may even kill a few. (If you’re asking yourself: Yes, I’m aware of how painfully unfunny I can be.)

His most prolific work yet was on HBO’s Game of Thrones, where he portrayed Rakharo. Having seen every episode of the show that’s been produced thus far — and loving it greatly — I do recall him, if not as much as I would like. That much being said, what I can remember about him is a good, surprisingly layered performance (something that’s certainly due in part to the writing), which managed to sell someone who initially comes off as bad, but ends up being a hero. The film — based on the Max Brooks novel and scripted by Matthew Michael Carnahan & J. Michael Straczynski — is currently shooting, with a release expected for next summer.

Are you familiar with either actor, and if so, how do you feel about them joining these respective projects?

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