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Casting Roundup: Ryder, Brolin and McBride Get the Gigs

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Winona Ryder gets on the hog, our new Oldboy goes "Crazy" and Kenny Powers gets serious in this past week's casting news.

Ryder will soon be trying on some leather accessories as she signs on to play a former biker chick in "Homefront," according to Heat Vision. The film makes for a rare action movie role for Ryder, who will be playing the companion to a sleazy meth dealer (James Franco) who interferes with the quiet life being sought after by an ex-DEA agent (Jason Statham). Sylvester Stallone wrote the script, with Gary Fleder set to direct.

Josh Brolin and Sean Penn apparently got along while making "Gangster Squad," as Brolin has signed on to star in Penn's next directorial effort, "Crazy For the Storm," according to Variety. Based on the memoir by Norman Ollstead, "Crazy" follows the true story of an 11-year-old boy who has to descend the San Gabriel Mountains alone after a plane crash that also involved his father (Brolin) and his father's girlfriend. The film will actually mark Brolin and Penn's third collaboration, as they also appeared together in Gus Van Sant's "Milk."

We knew the day would come when Danny McBride would follow in the footsteps of his comedian peers and at least try a straight drama on for size (and we don't count "All the Real Girls," 'cause he was pretty funny in that). Showbiz 411 reports that McBride, who's probably best known for his role as rough and unruly baseball player Kenny Powers on HBO's "Eastbound & Down," has signed on to play a role in his buddy James Franco's adaptation of William Faulkner's epic Southern melodrama, "As I Lay Dying." "Prometheus" star Logan Marshall-Green and Franco's ex-girlfriend Ahna O'Reilly have also joined a cast that includes Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack.

It looks like there will be life after the "RoboCop" remake as The Film Stage reports that our future Officer Alex J. Murphy, Joel Kinnaman, has signed on to join the ever-growing ensemble of Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups." In true Malick style, there are no details on the plot or anyone's role, though many speculate that the film is more or less about a depressed writer (Christian Bale) who gets it on with a lot of hot women. The cast so far includes Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Antonio Banderas and Ryan O'Neal.

The cast of "Kick-Ass 2" is also getting bigger as new superheroes and villains are being added to the roster. Lindy Booth is the latest to sign on to the sequel as she takes on the role of Night Bitch (a name about as subtle as, well, Kick-Ass), according to Heat Vision. Lindy previously worked with Jeff Wadlow in the private school murder mystery, "Cry Wolf," and was killed by crazy backwoods mutant mountain men in the original "Wrong Turn."

Finally, Heat Vision also reports that Olivia Williams is getting in on the action of "Ten," director David Ayer's take on Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" that follows a group of DEA agents who start getting picked off one by one after they rob a powerful drug cartel. Williams joins a cast that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello and Dawn Olivieri. She'll next be seen reuniting with her "Rushmore" co-star Bill Murray for "Hyde Park on Hudson" and will appear in her "Hanna" director Joe Wright's new adaptation of "Anna Karenina."

Join us next Friday as we once again gather all of the week's juicy casting tidbits in one fell swoop.

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