Casting Notices for Mockingbird Lane, Pawn Shop Chronicles, and Noah

Jerry O’Connell in THE DEFENDERSA trio of casting notices today, the first for NBC’s “Munsters” TV show reboot, now going under the title “Mockingbird Lane”. Not sure why they’re changing the title. I thought the whole point of rebooting an old TV show was for the brand name recognition.

Anyways, Jerry O’Connell (“Piranha 3D”) has been cast as Herman Munster on the show. Herman is the Frankenstein’s Monster patriarch of the oddball Munsters clan, who are blissfully unaware of their strangeness.

Showrunner/producer Bryan Fuller describes Herman Munster as “essentially a zombie in a constant state of decay — and he’s married to a woman who doesn’t age [Lily], there’s something very poignant there.”

See what I mean? It’s not like they’re changing the characters at all, so why change the title? Who even knows what “Mockingbird Lane” is? Everyone knows who “The Munsters” are. I’m just sayin’.


Paul Walker in Running Scared (2006) Movie Image

Meanwhile, director Wayne Kramer and Paul Walker’s reunion on the action-comedy “Pawn Shop Chronicles” has added a slew of names to its cast. The duo had previously worked together on “Running Scared”.

Walker will star alongside Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Elijah Wood, Vincent D’Onofrio, Pell James, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas, Chi McBride, Ashlee Simpson, Kevin Rankin, DJ Qualls, Michael Cudlitz and Norman Reedus.

“Pawn Shop Chronicles” finds “a man searching for his abducted wife, a couple of white-supremacist meth heads and a sad sack Elvis impersonator all linked through items sold or found in a small Southern town’s local pawn shop.”

Kramer will direct from a script by Adam Minarovich, with Walker producing.


Logan Lerman in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) Movie ImageDouglas BoothAnd finally, Darren Arnofsky’s bible epic “Noah” has added a pair of sons.

Young lads Douglas Booth (“LOL”) and Logan Lerman (“Percy Jackson”) have signed on to play the sons of the titular Noah, to be played Russell Crowe. Booth will play Shem, while Lerman will play older sibling Ham.

Also, here’s some extra news: Liam Neeson, previously thought to be playing the villain in the film, is now out of the running. Jennifer Connelly, meanwhile, is still in the mix to play Noah’s wife, a role that would re-team her with Crowe (they worked together on “A Beautiful Mind”) and Arnofsky (who previously directed Connelly in “Requiem for a Dream”).

Aronofsky’s script for “Noah” is said to be a “re-imagining” of the familiar Bible tale. Look for it in 2014.



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  • Juggernaut

    Ugh. Why? The Munsters was a good show, it doesn’t need to be remade. Monsters are popular. WE GET IT!!! And Jerry O’Connell, really?

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Yeah I liked Munsters back in the day. I’m not too sure about this take. But O’Connell is defintiely the wrong choice. I mean they shouldda tried Brad Garrett or something

      • Juggernaut

        I was thinking Brad Garrett too. He may be a bit too old for the role now though. What about Rob Riggle (Step Brothers, The Other Guys)?

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Too old to play a dad? No! Rob Riggle on the other hand looks too young to have a teen kid.

          • Juggernaut

            Garrett is 52! Eddie was supposed to be like 10-12 years old in the original series. Riggle is 42. Much more age appropriate to have a kid that age. Who should play Lilly, Marilyn and Grandpa in the O’Connel version and our new, better version? Lol.