Weekly Casting Round-Up for Book to Screen Adaptations
This week sees even more casting news on Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and more.
Arturo Castro (Board City) has been cast in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk which is being adapted from Ben Fountain’s novel which explores the national disconnect between the war at home, and the war abroad. The story follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium – football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders. Joe Alwyn is set to star as the title character, Billy Lynn, with Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker all also in talks to join the cast.
Timothy Spall, Keeley Hawes and Victoria Wood will star in Sky1’s new adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ Fungus the Bogeyman, part of a big-name line-up including Andy Serkis and Marc Warren. Timothy Spall will play the title role in the Sky 1, four-part adaptation of the story of the green slime-covered creature who lives underground, coming to the surface to scare humans.
British actor Dominic Cooper was confirmed for the lead role, Jesse Cutler in Seth Rogen’s TV adaptation of the DC Vertigo comic book series Preacher. Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.
Lucas Till will reprise his role of Havok in X-Men: Apocolypse. His character first appeared in X-Men:First Class and X-Men:Days of Future Past.Havok generates powerful “plasma blasts”, an ability he has had difficulty controlling.
Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor have rounded out the casting on Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast. McGregor will take on the role of ‘Be Our Guest’ singing maitre de turned candelabra, while Tucci will take the role of Cadenza, the grand piano who is described as who is described as a neurotic maestro. Although Cadenza is reported to be a new role, he resembles Forte, the main antagonist of The Enchanted Christmas.
McGregor and Tucci join an amazing cast which include,s Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stephens, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellan and more. Bill Condon is directing the movie, which begins production in May at Shepperton Studios in London.