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Casting Watch: Rockwell, Macy & Wright for 'Single Shot'; Fonda as Reagan; Lange in for 'Therese Raquin'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 27, 2012 at 4:26PM

"A Single Shot" (not to be confused with Christopher McQuarrie's "One Shot") has had many actors come and go, but has finally kicked off production in Vancouver with Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs joining director David M. Rosenthal...
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A single shot, Therese Raquin

"A Single Shot" (not to be confused with Christopher McQuarrie's "One Shot") has had many actors come and go, but has finally kicked off production in Vancouver with Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs joining director David M. Rosenthal ("Janie Jones"). (Previously linked actors include Michael Fassbender, Terrence Howard, Juno Temple and more.) The film is based on Matthew F. Jones' book, which follows hunter John Moon (Sam Rockwell), who shoots a teenage girl by accident while hunting and stumbles across a small fortune while trying to get rid of her body. We fully approve of Rockwell, Macy and Wright. So which actresses will be joining them? [Variety]

Lee Daniels has brought in Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan in his next project, "The Butler," which follows Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, a servant who served in the White House for eight different presidents and witnessed the political changes that lead to desegregation. Whitaker and Fonda are joined by David Oyelowo (Allen's son), and possible Oprah Winfrey (Allen's wife), John Cusack (Richard Nixon) and Liam Neeson (Lyndon Johnson). Given the story's timeline, most characters will have brief appearances. Should the stars align and money is secured Daniels & Co. will shoot the ambitious film this summer.

"Therese Raquin" has lost Glenn Close and gained Jessica Lange; the cast for the Charlie Stratton film (his directorial debut) also includes Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton and Oscar Isaac. The story, based on Émile Zola's 1867 novel, is about a woman (Olsen) who is stuck in a loveless marriage to her cousin (Felton) who starts an affair with her husband's friend (Isaac) and things go badly for all. Lange will play her live in mother-in-law. While Close was the 2011 Oscar nominee, Lange has six under her belt as well as a hit TV show gearing up for season two ("American Horror Story," for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 2011). With this cast, "Therese Raquin" will have big expectations to live up to. Check out a broader synopsis below:

Therese Raquin is the story of a young woman mired in a loveless marriage to a sickly, self-centered man. Trapped in a house owned by her pitiless mother-in-law, she yearns for love and escape. She finds it in the arms of her husband's best friend--and the only way they can find happiness is through murder. What follows is the stuff of nightmares. Emile Zola's story is as vibrant today as it was when it was written 150 years ago. Scorned by critics for the perversity and violence of his characters, Zola nonetheless went on to be one of the greatest and most popular writers in the history of literature. [Amazon]

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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.