Well, Suspiria is shaping up quickly and, against my own predictions, quite impressively. A day after Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Orphan) landed the primary spot in David Gordon Green‘s contentious remake, ScreenDaily reports that several international favorites are also on board the project: Isabelle Huppert, Michael Nyqvist, Janet McTeer, and Antje Traue.

Like the original, Green‘s film revolves around a young, American dancer, Suzie Banyon, who discovers evil, murderous witches at a German boarding school — which makes it easy to assume these new cast members are all part of the institution’s staff. (I’d go a step further and guess Huppert leads the aforementioned witches, while we’re at it.) If I am, in fact, correct — don’t put too much money on it — that mixture of player and part works for everyone, right? Heck, it’s got me intrigued about Green‘s Suspiria, and that viewpoint certainly wasn’t held by yours truly in recent times.

Meanwhile, THR says that Imogen Poots (Fright Night) is the final member of the (rather nice) onscreen quartet in Pascal Chaumeil‘s A Long Way Down. Toni Collette, Pierce Brosnan, and Emile Hirsch have already added their names to the project, which adapts the Nick Hornby (An Education) novel about four people who inadvertently plan to jump from the same roof on New Year’s Eve, but come to bond over their mutual despair; she’ll be playing a teenage girl, named Jess. Production has been slated to get going before long, and a 2013 release is on the minds of those at BBC Films.

Our final item comes from Deadline, who tell us that Max Greenfield is the newest member of They Came Together, a David Wain film that will star Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler; the New Girl star will play the former’s “wayward couch surfing younger brother.” You can read a description of the comedy — written by the director and his Stella co-hort, Michael Showalter — right below:

When Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler) meet, it’s hate at first sight; his big corporation is the one that threatens to shut down her quirky knick-knack store. Story, which follows their predictably on-again/off-again relationship, features rom-com staples such as the jealous ex-girlfriend, the office jerk, scary in-laws, a boring dentist, a wise dog and beautiful shots of New York City in autumn.

I’m a little late to this one so excuse the question: Is Wain subverting the formal qualities (or lack thereof) inherent in romantic comedies? While that’s something I’d get pretty excited over as is, his cast makes the prospects all the better; following a career of good-to-great comedic work (this year’s Wanderlust included), my ticket is already bought.

Which of these casting developments bears the most promise? Which film, in general?

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