Last Week(s) in Casting: ‘Ahsoka’, ‘Blade’, ‘Midas Man’ & the Grateful Dead Biopic

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.

Natasha Liu Bordizzo Cast as Sabine in Ahsoka

Natasha Liu Bordizzo (The Society) has been cast as Sabine Wren in Stars Wars: Ahsoka. She will act as lead opposite Rosario Dawson, who is reprising her role as Ahsoka from The Mandalorian. Sabine Wren originated on the animated series Star Wars Rebels.

In Rebels, Sabine Wren is “a young Mandalorian warrior and graffiti artist, Imperial Academy dropout and a former bounty hunter with expert knowledge of weapons and explosives.” No additional information about the upcoming Disney+ series has been released, but production is eyeing a March start date. Hayden Christensen is also set to return as Anakin Skywalker, likely in flashbacks.

Delroy Lindo Joins Blade Reboot

Delroy Lindo (The Harder They Fall) is in final negotiations to appear in Blade. The upcoming Marvel Studios film already has Mahershala Ali on board as the titular character. Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli) is set to direct from a script by Stacy Osei-Kuffour (HBO’s Watchmen). Blade is due to begin shooting in the summer of 2022.

This will be the second time Lindo has been attached to a MCU property. In 2016, he joined the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off pilot Marvel’s Most Wanted as Dominic Fortune, a “rogue adventurer with a wealth of resources.” The proposed spin-off was not picked up to series.

Midas Man Casts the Beatles and Ed Sullivan

Midas Man has revealed a first look (above) at the four actors playing the Beatles, as well as who has been cast as TV personality Ed Sullivan.

Jonah Lees (The Letter For The King) will play John Lennon, musician Blake Richardson will play Paul McCartney, Leo Harvey Elledge (Creation Stories) will play George Harrison, and Campbell Wallace will play Ringo Starr.

Additionally, Adam Lawrence (Peaky Blinders) has joined the cast as Pete Best and Jay Leno (The Tonight Show) has joined as Ed Sullivan. Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit) plays the lead role of Beatles manager Brian Epstein while Emily Watson is Epstein’s mother Malka “Queenie” Epstein, Eddie Marsan is Brian’s father and successful businessman Harry, Omari Douglas is Lonnie Trimble, Epstein’s ever-trusted confidant, and Rosie Day is Cilla Black. Midas Man is currently in production and “charts Epstein’s role in the creative explosion of the 1960s and his sizable influence on pop music.”

Jonah Hill to Play Grateful Dead Frontman in Scorsese Biopic

Jonah Hill will play Grateful Dead frontman, Jerry Garcia, in an untitled biopic from Martin Scorsese. The project is set up at Apple, who has rights to use the group’s musical catalog for the film. Scorsese will direct and produce the film. Hill will also produce through his Strong Baby banner along with his producing partner Matt Dines.

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson) are writing the script. The band and the group’s management will participate in the film. No word yet on which periods of the Grateful Dead the biopic will cover.

That’s it for the last couple of weeks. What castings mentioned are you interested in seeing the most onscreen? Tell us down in the comments!

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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