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Juno Temple Amongst Three Additions to ‘Horns’; Tom Felton and Penelope Wilton Charm ‘Belle’

Written by on September 7, 2012 

The street-smart Gotham girl is continuing her 2012 hot streak. Following summer turns in Killer Joe and The Dark Knight Rises, Juno Temple is now being courted for a project much more in line with William Friedkin than Christopher Nolan — a comparison Alexandre Aja might relish.

Variety let us know she, Joe Anderson (The Grey), and Kelli Garner (Pan Am) have all been corralled into supporting roles on the director’s newest picture, Horns, thus putting them in the company of Daniel Radcliffe and Max Minghella. As of this writing, news only reveals that Temple will be co-starring as Merrin Williams, the deceased girlfriend of Ig Perrish (Radcliffe) whose death serves as the primary mystery.

I do like that pick, so it’s only right to hope the character will give her more screentime than is typical of a dead character. (A more recent point of comparison would be Leonardo DiCaprio‘s 2010 dead wife duology of Shutter Island and Inception.) From what I understand about both the novel’s structure and the way Ig’s head horns work, Temple should be in good shape.

Another Harry Potter star is getting some work for himself, as THR tell us Tom Felton will be coming aboard Belle; Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Downton Abbey), James Norton (Ron Howard‘s Rush), and Sam Reid (Anonymous) are also comprising the new additions. (The lattermost is taking the spot of Sam Claflin, who had to drop for a big role in Catching Fire.)

This “tale of passion and romance” stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido Elizabeth Belle, a real-life, mixed-race 18th-century aristocrat who caused a stir upon falling in love with a white socialite (Reid). With this, social change soon begins in England.

Amma Assante, making her second film since A Way of Life, has compiled a cast which also includes Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Matthew Goode, Miranda Richardson (another Harry Potter alumnus), and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method). A very, very good team of people, all of whom might help make Belle stand apart from the historical Oscar bait such a project is in danger of becoming.

Have Horns and Belle made good cases for themselves with these newest moves?

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