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Casting: Keri Russell spying del Toro's Antlers; Tim Heidecker joins Jordan Peele's Us; Anya Taylor-Joy up for Weetzie Bat

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Jul 11, 2018

Casting news has been kicking into high gear these last few days. Some big-name creatives are landing some equally big-name actors for their heavy-hitting follow-ups to Oscar-winning genre films. If that sentence had too many hyphens for you, it’s because no film industry players deserve the title of multi-hyphenate like Jordan Peele and Guillermo del Toro. 

Coming off of Get Out and The Shape of Water, respectively, the two are casting their new projects -- Us for Peele and Antlers for del Toro -- with some exciting stars.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emmy-nominated Keri Russell (who was recently added to Star Wars: Episode IX) is in negotiations to join the supernatural spookfest Antlers, which del Toro is producing. Russell, fresh off her acclaimed turn on The Americans, will be under the direction of Hostiles’ Scott Cooper. Russell’s role will be as a teacher who finds out a loner student’s dark secret far too late.

The film aims to begin photography this fall.


Next up, Tim Heidecker is joining the cast of Us, according to Variety. Heidecker, known for being half of Adult Swim comedy team Tim & Eric with Eric Wareheim, will be playing a character that is -- like those of his co-stars Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, and Winston Duke (and everything else about the film) -- completely secret. Since Peele’s Oscar-winning debut was also a smash hit at the box office, his follow-up has earned a certain sense of mystique.

Peele is writing and directing the film, which according to previous statements sounds to be very much in his Get Out wheelhouse. Us is slated to hit theaters on March 15, 2019.


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Finally, according to Deadline, the upcoming adaptation of Francesca Lia Block’s ‘80s novel Weetzie Bat has landed its title character in The Witch and Split star Anya Taylor-Joy. Taylor-Joy will play a woman who gets three wishes (from a genie!) and has a generally quirky time in Los Angeles with her goofy friends Dirk, Max, and Duck. Those three roles also found their actors in Theodore Pellerin, Nick Robinson, and Keiynan Lonsdale. Max’s antagonistic ex, Vixanne (Sasha Lane), also rears her head as their magical journey becomes embroiled in the darkness beneath the glitz and glitter.

Justin Kelly is directing, and Block will adapt her own novel, though production dates have yet to be announced.