5 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

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In case you didn’t get your fill of Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek’s zany relationship on “30 Rock,” the charismatic characters will be getting tipsy together in “Drunk Parents.” Noting the self-explanatory title, the film will find two empty nesters drinking their cares away after their daughter goes off to college; hilarity and bad decisions ensue. Allison Estrin and Henry Russell Bergstein are the designated casting directors for the feature. Fred Wolf will direct the New York–based production that’s looking to kick off in mid-January.

Bryan Cranston is tackling Nathaniel Hawthorne in his next big-screen venture, “Wakefield.” The film, based on Hawthorne’s short story of the same name, follows a man who suddenly leaves his wife and disappears in an effort to detach from his life. But when his estate is settled and his wife, assuming her widowhood, restarts her life, he reappears. Robin Swicord will direct the film that begins shooting at the end of the month in Los Angeles. Amy Lippens will cast. Perhaps the absence afforded the man time to rise to the top as a New Mexico drug lord….

NBC is siphoning the genius behind “How to Make It in America” and signing onto a currently untitled pilot known simply as the “Edelman Miami Project.” The drama will hearken back to the biblical Cain and Abel but with a new-age spin. The “Empire”-inspired series will follow a Cuban exile-turned-real estate magnate as he discovers his long-lost brother is alive and out for blood. Casting on the pilot is still underway with Yolanda Guillen. The Imagine Television production looks to shoot in Miami come January.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” is getting the Netflix treatment. The project will follow in the vein of the 2004 film starring Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep that was based on the book series by Lemony Snicket. No word on whether any of the film’s original cast will reprise their roles. The orphaned Baudelaire children will hit Vancouver, B.C., for a predicted March shoot. Ronna Kress will handle casting on the project that looks to pick up a series order on the streaming service.

Sarah Finn is taking a break from casting superheroes to find the first of mankind for Columbia Pictures; the studio is throwing “The Solutrean” into development. Kodi Smit-McPhee is the only name currently signed on to the ice age story. The film will center on a young caveman and his wolf-dog companion as they brave the harsh climate to find their way back home after a hunting expedition goes wrong. The action film is eyeballing Iceland and Canada for a February start date. Albert Hughes will direct the feature

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