Casting News: Zeta-Jones in The Side Effects, Livingston and Taylor in The Conjuring

Lili Taylor

Two more casting notices today.

The first has Lewis Nixon himself, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor (“Ransom”) joining the cast of James Wan’s horror film “The Conjuring”, though it looks like the film may be getting a new title soon. I don’t know why; “The Conjuring” sounds incredibly cool and, you know, horror-ish.

Livingston and Taylor join previously cast leads Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, playing husband-and-wife paranormal investigators. Or, as the description puts it, “demonologists and psychic investigators who enter the most horrifying case of their career, spirits in a Rhode Island farmhouse.” Livingston and Taylor will play the married couple that owns said Rhode Island farmhouse.

Catherine Zeta-JonesOver at Steven Soderbergh land, Catherine Zeta-Jones has been added to the cast of the director’s pharmaceutical thriller “The Side Effects”. Zeta-Jones joins the previously added Blake Lively, Jude Law, and Channing Tatum.

The film has Lively playing “a troubled and depressed woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs, which leads her into a relationship with another doctor (Law). Her intake is ostensibly designed to help her deal with the anxiety surrounding the pending release of her husband (Tatum) from prison.”

Zeta-Jones will play a fellow doctor of Law’s, a woman name Dr. Erica Siebert.

Apparently “The Side Effects” will have a “Basic Instincts”/”Jagged Edge” feel, which probably means if there are those of you out there who have bee waiting for the “Gossip Girl” star to reveal more than just her legs onscreen, this may be the movie you’ve been waiting for.

Ron Livingston