by Oliver Lyttelton
May 16, 2013 10:39 AM 2 Comments
Damn it. Just when we thought we were going to be able to ignore Zach Braff's controversially crowd-sourced sophomore feature, he goes and casts Anna Kendrick. According to The Wrap, the "Pitch Perfect" star, so often the best thing in whatever she's in, has joined the cast of Braff's currently-prepping "Wish I Was Here." The actress will play the love interest of Braff's character's brother (Josh Gad), a young cosplayer named Janine. Manic Pixie Dream Girl alert! Mandy Patinkin is also in the cast (Mandy Patinkin Dream Girl alert!), and Kendrick will next be seen in the questionable-looking "Rapturepalooza," which opens on June 7th.
Someone else we're a big fan of is British director Eran Creevy, who made an ace debut a few years back with "Shifty," and followed it up earlier this year with homegrown actioner "Welcome To The Punch." We've been tipping the filmmaker, who was one of our Directors On The Rise this year, for a Hollywood breakout for a while and it seems to have arrived in the shape of another actioner, "Autobahn," which just signed a pair of leads in the shape of Zac Efron and Amber Heard.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will see Efron play a backpacker, with Heard as his girlfriend, who is hired by German drug smugglers, only for the job to go south and be forced to flee on the freeways of the title. IM Global are backing the project with Creevy's company 42 and shooting will get underway in Germany in the fall. We're looking forward to it on the basis of 'Punch,' but then we did seem to like that more than most. We'll see how this one turns out in 2014. Take it away, Kraftwerk!