If the pair could do so well for themselves with an endeavor as complex as Gravity, there’s little reason to think Sandra Bullock and George Clooney wouldn’t look toward some other collaboration in the relatively near-future. Now coming back together in a not-necessarily-expected fashion, TheWrap report that the latter will produce a starring role for the former in Our Brand Is Crisis, a WB-supported political yarn that’s been scripted by Peter Straughan (with whom Clooney and Grant Heslov worked with on The Men Who Stare at Goats).
The specifics of its narrative remain a bit unclear, given what, I think, is this unusual source: an eponymous 2005 documentary that follows James Carville and Stan Greenberg, both former consultants to Bill Clinton, as they attempted to work American campaign strategies in Bolivia’s 2002 election. As much as I’d love to see the actress put on a bald cap and squint her eyes to extreme lengths, Bullock would instead portray the fictional “Calamity” Jane Bodine, who’s distinguished for her use of “quotes [from] famous people to help hammer home her talking points.” No other stars are currently attached, nor is a director reported to have signed.
Meanwhile, Variety have learned that Samuel L. Jackson is once again likely to board Tarzan, director David Yates‘ (Harry Potter) long-halted, back-in-business reboot of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs character. Last November, the actor had been circling to play “George Washington Williams, a Civil War veteran haunted by guilt” — if this was true, there’s little reason to think he’s switched roles — in a story which follows the now-former apeman, John Clayton III, as Queen Victoria sends him back into the jungle to take down a warlord. Christoph Waltz is looking toward a (surprise!) villainous part, while Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) is WB’s favorite for the slot of Jane Porter, though no contracts have been signed on her end of the table.
In news pertaining to an endeavor that’s both smaller and more promising, Deadline tell us Laura Dern is the newest member of Ramin Bahrani‘s currently-in-production 99 Homes. It’s a signing that puts her in the company of Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, the former of whom will lead as Dennis Nash, a man who, despite losing his home in a foreclosure, is soon able to attain financial solace employed under the real estate broker (played, probably intensely, by the latter) responsible for this original loss. When asked to assist his boss in an embezzling scam, things go further astray. Dern, a perpetually missed screen presence, will play the protagonist’s mother, Lynn Nash.
Finally, Deadline have also learned that American Splendor helmers Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman will direct Hailee Steinfeld in Ten Thousand Suns, an ’80s-set period piece centered on Jude, a Vermont teenager relocated, alongside his father, to New York City, and into “the no drugs, no sex, no meat straight-edge hardcore punk scene of the East Village.” Adapting Eleanor Henderson‘s novel, their screenplay traces up to the Tompkins Square Park riots by also focusing on characters such as Steinfeld‘s own “Eliza, who becomes pregnant with Teddy’s child and leans on his brother Johnny and Jude for support.”
Archer Gray Productions will support the project alongside Luca Borghese and Celine Rattray.
Which of these casting bits do you find most encouraging? Do any of the projects especially stand out?