Casting Bits: Pain and Gain, Kill Bin Laden, and Rosalie

Anthony Mackie in Crossover (2006) Movie ImageA trio of casting bits today.

The first has Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker”, “The Adjustment Bureau”) in talks to join Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain”, the “Transformers” director’s first attempt at doing a movie that doesn’t involve invading alien robots from outer space, bickering buddy cops, or anything exploding on a grand scale. Probably.

The film would be based on a true story “first told in an article from the Miami New Times, film follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida.”

Mackie would play “Adrian Doorbal, a big-hearted bodybuilder who works out with Wahlberg’s character, Daniel Lugo. Doorbal has little to show for his hard work, leading him to get involved with Lugo’s scheme.”

Also joining Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson are Ed Harris as private detective Ed Du Bois and Rob Corddry as John Mese, the former accountant and notary who owns the gym where Lugo works.

Bay will shoot “Pain and Gain” before leaping back into the invading robots from outerspace fray with “Transformers 4”.

Jennifer Ehle in Contagion (2011) Movie Image

Meanwhile, Mackie’s “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow continues to add to the growing cast of her “Kill Bin Laden” movie.

The latest names to be added to the fun is Harold Perrineau (“28 Weeks Later”), along with Jennifer Ehle (“Contagion”, above) and Nash Edgerton, little brother of Joel Edgerton, who is already in the cast. No word on Ehle or Perrineau’s characters, but Edgerton will play a Navy SEALs commando.

Kyle Chandler, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Nash’s big brother Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt are also in the cast, which chronicles the CIA and Navy SEAL Team 6’s hunt for the Al Qaeda terrorist leader. Spoiler alert: they find the dude.

Lily CollinsAnd finally, Lily Collins is taking those amazing eyebrows of hers to the cast of yet another “re-imagining” of Shakespeare’s feel-good teen hit Romeo and Juliet, this time from the point of view of Rosalie, “the woman Romeo first claims to love from afar before he becomes enamored with Juliet.”

Collins would play Juliet in the Michael Sucsy-directed film, which will be called “Rosalie” and be based on the novel “When You were Mine” by Rebecca Serle.

This version of Romeo and Juliet is not to be mistaken with the Hailee Steinfeld version

Collins is coming off “Mirror Mirror” for Tarsem Singh.