Last Week in Casting: ‘Renfield’, ‘Star Wars: Ahsoka’, ‘Kansas City’ & More

There’s a lot of breaking news in Hollywood happening every minute. In the age of the blockbuster, it’s easy for some smaller movie and television news to slip through the crack. Last Week in Hollywood is our new weekly series highlighting all the interesting news from the last week that we thought didn’t warrant its own post, but was still worth mentioning. It’s less personal opinions and more a hearty roundup of what you might have missed.

Nicolas Cage to Play Dracula in Renfield

Nicolas Cage is set to play Dracula in Universal‘s Renfield, a monster movie centered on Dracula’s familiar henchman starring Nicholas Hoult in the title role. Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War) is set to direct the film from a script by Ryan Ridley. Awkwafina has also joined the cast in an undisclosed role.

Ivanna Sakhno Joins Star Wars: Ahsoka

Ivanna Sakhno (Pacific Rim: Uprising) has joined the cast of Star Wars: Ahsoka. She will be playing a newly created character for the Disney+ streaming series. She joins a cast that includes Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka, Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Sabine Wren, and Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader. The series will be set concurrently with The Mandalorian.

Sylvester Stallone to Headline New Taylor Sheridan Series

Sylvester Stallone is set to lead Kansas City, a new Paramount+ series from Taylor Sheridan and Terence Winter. This will be the first starring TV role for Stallone who has previously only guest-starred on shows like This Is Us and Kojak.

Deadline reports that Kansas City follows “a New York City Italian mobster forced to relocate to the most unlikely of places—Kansas City, Missouri. Set in present day, legendary mobster Sal (Stallone) is faced with the startling task of reestablishing his Italian mafia family to the modernized, straight-shooting town of Kansas City. There, Sal encounters surprising and unsuspecting characters who follow him along his unconventional path to power.”

In addition to starring, Stallone will also executive producer through his Balboa Productions label. Winter will act as showrunner for Kansas City. The series is the fourth project Sheridan has in the works for Paramount+ after Mayor of Kingstown, which just premiered, and two Yellowstone spin-offs.

Dave Bautista Joins Knock at the Cabin

Dave Bautista has entered negotiations to star in Knock at the Cabin. The upcoming film is the latest from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan.

Not much is known about the film, but what we do know is that Universal will distribute the film in theaters on February 3, 2023.

Tom Holland to Play Fred Astaire in Sony Biopic

While promoting Spider-Man: No Way Home in London, Tom Holland revealed to The Associated Press that he will play iconic actor-singer-dancer Fred Astaire in an upcoming biopic for Sony.

“The script came in a week ago,” Holland said. “I haven’t read it yet; they haven’t given it to me.” The news comes a few weeks after Spider-Man producer and former Sony chief Amy Pascal told GQ that she wanted Holland for the role. It is unknown who is writing the biopic. No details yet on who else might star or direct.

Other Casting Updates

  • Cobie Smulders has joined the cast of Secret Invasion, reprising her MCU role of Maria Hill. The upcoming Disney+ series focuses on “a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years.”
  • According to Collider, Anna Akana (Let It Snow) and Mark Dacascos (John Wick: Chapter 3) will lead the cast of the untitled-47 Ronin sequel, which is currently filming. The new film, set for release in 2022, will reportedly make a “three-hundred-year time-jump” and “tell the story of a modern-day world in which samurai clans now exist in complete secrecy.”
  • Ana de Armas (Knives Out) has replaced Scarlett Johansson as the female lead in Apple‘s GhostedChris Evans remains attached. The project is described as “a high-concept romantic action adventure in the vein of Romancing the Stone.”
  • Cara Delevingne has joined the cast of Hulu‘s Only Murders in the Building season 2. She will play Alice, “a sophisticated art world insider who becomes enmeshed in the sleuthing podcasters’ latest mystery.”
  • Tom Burke (Mank) has replaced Yahya Abdule-Mateen II in Furiosa, the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road prequel. Abdul-Mateen had to part ways with the project due to a scheduling conflict.
  • Colin Farrell has been confirmed to star in a TV series spin-off of The Batman. Reprising his The Batman role of The Penguin, the HBO Max series will “track how The Penguin becomes a major player in the criminal world of Gotham City.”

That’s it for the last week. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us down in the comments!

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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