Casting : Bennett, Cotillard, Keaton, Monaghan, Malone, Church, Sheen, Knightley


Untitled Terrence Malick Movie
He did it to Jessica Chastain by making her a household name after she starred in this year’s ”The Tree of Life” and if this next actress is lucky, she’ll be splashed all over the magazine covers and all over our TVs.
Haley Bennett, whose debut film was 2007′s ”Music and Lyrics” opposite Drew Barrymore and went on to star in 2008′s ”The Haunting of Molly Hartley”, has just been cast in Terrence Malick’s (”Tree of Life”) next film according to Variety.
Not many details are known about the film, except that she’ll star opposite Christian Bale in the lead.
Malick is writing and directing the project, and while no deal has been struck, Bennett has emerged as a frontronner for a role that interested several actresses, including Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska.
Malick is currently in post-production on his upcoming untitled film starring Ben Affleck, set for a 2012 release with Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz also starring which is described as a romantic drama.
Bennett also appeared in ”Marley and Me” as Lisa.

Penthouse North
Michael Keaton and Michelle Monaghan are set to star in the psychlogical thriller ”Penthouse North”, which is being directed by Joseph Ruben. The plot centers on a photojournalist (Monaghan) haunted by a tragic event who has escaped from the world in an upscale New York penthouse. The world comes after her with a vengeance in the form of a smooth but sadistic criminal (Keaton) looking for a hidden fortune, with the woman mustering her inner strength to survive. Production is set to begin in Ottawa, Canada in November. Last seen in ”Source Code”, Monaghan will next be seen in Marc Forster’s ”Machine Gun Preache”. Keaton was last seen heard on screen as the voice of Ken in ”Toy Story 3”.

Rust and Bone
And Marion Cotillard’s career continues to show no signs of slowing down. After starring in last year’s ”Inception”, the French actress keeps the roles coming.
According to Variety, Cotillard is set to headline French director Jacques Audiard’s ”Rust and Bone”. Based on Craig Davidson’s short-story collection of the same title and with a budget at $22 million, the film is described as follows: In steel-tipped prose, Craig Davidson conjures a savage world populated by fighting dogs, prizefighters, sex addicts, and gamblers. The twenty-seven bones of the title story are the bones in a boxer’s hands; once broken, they never heal properly, and the fighter’s career descends to bouts that have less to do with sport than with survival: no referee, no rules, not even gloves. In “A Mean Utility” we enter an even more desperate arena: dogfights where Rottweilers, pit bulls, and Dobermans fight each other to the death.
“Rust and Bone” will shoot this fall for 14 weeks in the south of France and Belgium.
Cotillard won her first Academy Award for A her perf in 2007′s ”La vie en rose”. She currently re-teamed with her ”Inception” director for ”The Dark Knight Rises” which is currently filming and will be released in July 2012. Cotillard will next be seen in ”Contagion”.

Hatfield’s and McCoys
Jena Malone (“Stepmom”) has joined the miniseries starring Kevin Costner (“Devil” Anse Hatfield) and Bill Paxton (Randall McCoy), who play the famed leaders of the feuding families, says THR. Malone is set to play Nancy McCoy, Roseanna’s ruthless cousin, who uses her feminine wiles to wreak revenge on the Hatflieds for murdering her father when she was a child. She seduces, marries and tricks Johnse into revealing family secrets, leading to the killing or capture of numerous Hatfields. Upon getting her revenge, Nancy drops Johnse and marries the McCoy family’s deadly avenger.

Nothing to Fear
Thomas Haden Church will star in a new film from ‘Guns n’ Roses’ guitarist turn producer Slash. The Anthony Leonardi directed film tells of a family’s journey toward a better life, and how it is undone by a charismatic but unbalanced man of the cloth (Church), says Deadline. “Our mission at Slasher Films has been to create genre films that defy the genre stereotypes,” Slash said. “The team of Anthony and Thomas elevate an already frightening story with a unique vision and powerful artistry.”

Anna Karenina
Keira Knightley will star in Joe Wright’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel that was written by Tom Stoppard. Deadline says Knightley will star as Anna, Jude Law will play her husband Aleksei Karenin, and Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy) will play Count Vronsky. Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams and Ruth Wilson will also star.

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III
Charlie Sheen is set to star with Jason Schwartzman in “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III”, says Variety. Sheen plays the title character, “a successful graphic designer whose fame, money and charm have made him girlfriend breaks up with him, his life heads into a downward spiral.” Roman Coppola directs. Sheen next features in “Anger Management”, a sitcom based on the film of the same name.