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CASTING WATCH: More Psychopaths for McDonagh's Sophomore Film: Harrelson, Waits, Kurylenko Join Farrell, Walken & Rockwell

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 10, 2011 at 4:53PM

CASTING WATCH: More Psychopaths for McDonagh's Sophomore Film: Harrelson, Waits, Kurylenko Join Farrell, Walken & Rockwell
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Seven Psychopaths Cast

Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits and Olga Kurylenko have joined Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths," which began production in LA this week with stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken. Mickey Rourke was previously in talks but will not be in the film. McDonagh is the Irish playwright whose underappreciated big-screen directorial debut, "In Bruges," boasted Farrell's career-best performance (and earned an Oscar nom for original screenplay).

The film follows Farrell, a LA-based screenwriter struggling with his script (called Seven Psychopaths). He finds inspiration after getting dragged into dognapping escapades with his friends (Rockwell and Walken) when the Shih Tzu of a psychopathic gangster (Harrelson) goes missing. He just needs to stay alive long enough to write it all down. This all sounds very McDonagh, a black comedy master who knows how to combine humor, violence and excruciatingly vulnerable human beings (and their beloved pets: read The Lieutenant of Inishmore). No word yet on Waits' and Kurylenko's characters.

Blueprint Pictures is producing with Film4, BFI Film Fund and CBS Films co-financing. CBS Films will handle US distribution.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.