Last Week(s) in Casting: ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles,’ ‘Dream Scenario,’ ‘Atlas,’ ‘Queen of Bones’ & 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.

The Spiderwick Chronicles Finds Its Stars

Lyon Daniels (We Can Be Heroes) and Noah Cottrell (Gordita Chronicles) have been cast as twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, respectively, in Disney+‘s upcoming live-action series adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles. The duo join Christian Slater, who was previously cast as the lead villain Mulgarath.

Based on the popular series of bestselling books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles is “a contemporary American gothic coming-of-age story that addresses kids and families dealing with mental health issues among other relevant topics. Upon leaving New York and moving to Michigan and into their run-down ancestral home—The Spiderwick Estate—with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate, fantastical world.” Kat Coiro will direct the first two episodes of the series. | Source: Deadline

Nicolas Cage to Star in Dream Scenario

Nicolas Cage is set to star in the A24 comedy Dream Scenario, which will be written and directed by Kristoffer Borgli.

Ari Aster and Lars Knudsen will produce under their Square Peg banner. Plot details are currently under wraps. | Source: Deadline

Simu Liu to Play Villain in Atlas

Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), and Abraham Popoola (Morbius) have landed key roles in Atlas, an upcoming science-fiction in development for Netflix. Liu will be the film’s villain while Brown and Popoola have been cast in undisclosed roles.

The film follows Atlas (Jennifer Lopez), “a woman fighting for humanity in a future where an AI soldier has determined the only way to end war is to end humanity. To outthink this rogue AI, Atlas must work with the one thing she fears most — another AI.” Brad Peyton will direct Atlas from a screenplay by Aron Eli Coleite and Leo Sardarian. | Source: Deadline

Queen of Bones Adds Martin Freeman, Julia Butters & More

Julia Butters (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Martin Freeman (Fargo), and Taylor Schilling (Pam & Tommy) will lead the folk horror film Queen of Bones. The upcoming film, from Appian Way, Lumanity Productions, and Productivity Media, is currently in production in Canada. Robert Budreau (Delia’s Gone) is directing from a script by Michael Burgner (The Darkest Corner of Paradise).

Queen of Bones follows “twin siblings Lily (Butters) and Sam (Tremblay) who live at a remote homestead with their widowed father, Malcolm (Freeman), a violinmaker in 1931 Oregon. When Lily and Sam find an Icelandic spell book in the cellar, they begin to suspect a connection between their mother’s death and dark forces in the woods. They then embark on a dangerous mission to force their father and his friend, Ida May (Schilling), to reveal the truth.” | Source: Deadline

Some More Castings

  • Jena Malone, Alejandro Edda, Tatanka Means, and Michael Rooker have joined the cast of Kevin Costner’s epic Western film saga Horizon. | (Deadline)
  • Regan Aliyah has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series Ironheart in an undisclosed role. | (Deadline)
  • Paul Rudd will return for Only Murders in the Building Season 3 after making a cameo as Broadway star Ben Glenroy in the Season 2 finale “I Know Who Did It.” It is not known at this time whether Rudd will appear in a series regular, recurring, or guest capacity. | (Variety)
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined the cast of Amazon’s The Boys for Season 4 as a recurring guest star in an undisclosed role. | (Deadline)
  • Ryan Gosling is in talks to star opposite Margot Robbie in the new Ocean’s Eleven film, which will be a prequel set in Europe in the 1960s. | (Deadline)

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

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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