Richard Jenkins To Play The Speaker Of The House In 'White House Down,' Diane Kruger Joins 'Me Myself & Mum' & More

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by Simon Dang
July 17, 2012 9:18 AM
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Establishing himself as one of the most popular and reliable character actors around, with a schedule that doesn't seem to quit, Richard Jenkins has now lined up a key role in Roland Emmerich's upcoming action drama "White House Down." He'll join an ensemble cast led by Channing Tatum as a Secret Service agent defending the president from a terrorist attack (with Jamie Foxx as the Commander In Chief himself), with Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods as fellow high-ranking Secret Service agents. Jenkins, meanwhile, will play the Speaker of the House, who trails the VP in the line of succession. The script comes by way of "Zodiac" scribe James Vanderbilt who sold his screenplay for $3 million to Sony earlier this year. [Variety]

Diane Kruger will star opposite writer-director-star Guillaume Gallienne in "Me Myself & Mum," a tragicomedy about the director's own battle for identity, his professional struggles, the women in his life, and his heterosexual coming out at the age of 30. Lensing has been taking place since July 2nd with Andre Marcon, Francoise Fabian and Nanou Garcia all co-starring. [Cineuropa]

"Iron Man 3" excited audiences at this year's Comic-Con over the weekend, and with production currently underway, the film has now added another actress to its ranks. Stephanie Szostak ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Dinner For Schmucks") has joined the project in an unknown role; she'll also be featuring in the upcoming Ryan Reynolds-Jeff Bridges starrer, "R.I.P.D." [Deadline]

Hawaiian actress Kelly Hu will star as villain China White in the upcoming CW drama "Arrow," based on the DC superhero the Green Arrow. The character is a South Pacific drug cartel leader who Oliver Queen (the Arrow's alter-ego) encounters during a five-year stint on a remote island. "Arrow" will premiere on October 10th. [Deadline]

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