Casting Bits for Kick Ass 2, Hangover 3, and Mary Queen of Scots

Saoirse Ronan

A trio of casting news for ya today. Up first, Irish lass Saoirse Ronan will be playing Mary, the Queen of Scots in the Michael Hirst-scripted film “Mary Queen of Scots”, about, well, Mary, the Queen of Scots.

The period drama, set in the 16th century, is from Working Title, and will chronicle the rise and fall of Mary, who was crowned Queen of Scotland before she was even a year old. Yeah, that’ll kinda ruin your life right there. The film will follow her ups and downs, triumphs and travails, though from the sounds of it, it’s mostly travails.

Deadline, who reported the news, also conveniently ruins Mary’s entire life for you in their article. So basically, what’s the point in watching the movie? I guess the writer really wanted you to know that he knows how to use Wikipedia.

The producers are currently looking for a director.

Yancy Butler in WitchbladeOver at comic book land, Yancy Butler, who made a brief appearance as Red Mist’s mom in the first “Kick-Ass” movie, will reprise the role in the sequel, “Kick-Ass: Balls to the Wall”, according to THR.

She joins returning castmembers Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, respectively, and Mintz-Plasse as the villainous Red Mist. Newcomers include John Leguizamo as Red Mist’s bodyguard, with Donald Faison recently cast as Doctor Gravity.

Jeff Wadlow will direct the sequel from his own script. “Kick-Ass 2” is currently casting up a storm, and is set to shoot by September up in Toronto and on location in New York. Matthew Vaughn, who directed the first movie, will produce the follow-up.

And lastly, after getting shafted in “The Hangover II”, Heather Graham is set to make her triumphant return in “The Hangover III”, according to Variety.

As you’ll recall, in the first movie Graham played the sweet-natured stripper Jade, who married Ed Helms’ character Stu after a wild night of partying that no one remembers. In the sequel, Stu went to Thailand to marry Jamie Chung, leaving Jade apparently in the background for good. Not quite, as it turns out. No word if this will be a small cameo or if Jade will have a bigger role in the three-quel.

Todd Phillips, who directed the previous two movies, will return for the third time ’round. So will Helms’ co-stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, all of whom cashed in big time after the first movie turned into a surprise hit.

Heather Graham and Ed Helms in The Hangover (2009) Movie Image