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Melissa McCarthy to Lead Paul Feig’s ‘Susan Cooper’; Wes Bentley Goes ‘Interstellar’; James McAvoy Is Fox’s ‘Frankenstein’

Written by on July 25, 2013 

Once you break down the existing possibilities, who else is going to lead a female-centered Paul Feig movie? Reporting the inevitable, TheWrap inform us Melissa McCarthy has angled toward the writer-director’s spy comedy, Susan Cooper, which we had caught first wind of in June: “a realistic comedy about a female James Bond” that plays its espionage aspects with a realistic edge — apparently, not at all unlike the duo’s recent collaboration, The Heat, and its own treatment of a cop tale. With one of that film’s co-stars showing outright disinterest in a sequel, the chance to go for it once more ought to be all the more appealing.

There’s no indication as to when Susan Cooper might begin production — McCarthy has a packed schedule, as is; even her more-or-less-guaranteed sign won’t stop other endeavors from (likely) taking a bit of precedence — but the nabbing of a lead is sure to accelerate interest around Hollywood and at 20th Century Fox. A good thing: in today’s climate, we could always do a whole lot worse than this.

Continuing through its final casting period, Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar has added another unexpected name to an eclectic cast: Wes Bentley, both a Hunger Games star and, last year, seen shooting with Nolan favorite Christian Bale on the set of Terrence Malick‘s upcoming project. His involvement in the big-scale space adventure goes relatively unnoted, save for an “insider” purporting that he’s landed “a meaty supporting role.” Will it allow him to bring back the flame-shaped beard?

Scripted by Christopher Nolan and his brother, JonathanInterstellar uses ideas originated by physicist Kip Thorne to weave a “complex and multi-layered” story of “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest borders of our scientific understanding.” Outside this latest add, the ensemble is filled out by Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Topher Grace, Bill Irwin, Timothée Chalamet, and Mackenzie Foy.

Finally, Deadline tell us James McAvoy will create the monster in Frankenstein, having entered negotiations to portray Dr. Victor von Frankenstein in Fox’s reimagining. A recent story had alleged that Jack Huston and Toby Kebbell were circling this part in the Paul McGuigan-directed, Max Landis-scripted picture, but a bigger star (somehow) entered the swing of things and snatched an opportunity for himself; more than anything, he really wanted to create an inhumane monster alongside a hunchback who resembles Daniel Radcliffe.

Is this a nice set of developments? Do you hope to see much else from any of these three projects?

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