In today’s casting notes we have Halle Berry returning to a superhero franchise, a Wayans coming to network TV and a new Marvin Gaye.
Halle Berry is returning to the X Men franchise to reprise her role as Storm. Director Bryan Singer confirmed the news tweeting “Couldn’t be more excited that #HalleBerry has joined the cast of #XMen #DaysofFuturePast. Hopefully she can improve the weather in Montreal.”
Berry says she’s happy to reprise her role as the weather controlling superhero. “I am excited. I love Storm. That’s one of my favourite characters that I’ve played. And people love that character as well.”
Kim Wayans has joined the CBS drama pilot Reckless, which will be directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight).
Set in Charleston, South Carolina, Reckless centers on a beautiful big city litigator and a Southern attorney who struggle to hide their intense attraction to one another, while also facing off professionally over a police sex scandal. Wayans will play Vi, a paralegal for the NYC litigator. Cam Gigandet (Twilight) will play the southern attorney.
Lenny Kravitz is out and Jesse L. Martin is the new Marvin Gaye. Martin has replaced the rocker in the upcoming biopic about the legendary singer call Sexual Healing.
Kravitz stepped down after Gaye’s son Marvin Gaye III asked Lenny to drop out and threatened to sue if he didn’t. Lenny and Gaye III happen to be old classmates.
Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Blair Underwood and Evan Ross have all been tapped to star in a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Titled Macbett, the film is to be filmed this September in Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
Here’s the synopsis:
“After a gallant military victory, General Macbett (Howard) encounters the “Weird Sisters,” who are the spirit daughters of Mother Africa and reign over fire, water, earth and sky. They delight in manipulating Macbett by feeding him predictions of royal titles including “King.” Macbett soon becomes obsessed with ambition, as does his beautiful and ruthless wife Lady Macbett (Lathan) .
“As Macbett and his Lady spiral downward, indulging in treachery and political assassinations, they are soon haunted by their murderous deeds and driven mad. In a true exemplification of a tragedy, Macbett is defeated by his own zealous thirst for power, a heartbreaking end to a once beloved Hero”.
This is the first film adaptation of Macbeth to feature an all-black cast.