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Casting: Millie Bobby Brown joins forces with Darren Aronofsky for VR gig; Beetlejuice on Broadway finds lead stars

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Aug 16, 2018

Darren Aronofsky's latest project gets a little "stranger" while Beetlejuice's stage production finds its two main leads in SYFY WIRE's latest round of casting news. Get ready because in the words of the man himself, "It's showtime!"


 

Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven on the Netflix series) will narrate the third and final episode of Aronofsky's Spheres, a short virtual reality series that takes a deep dive into the universe. The first two episodes ("Spheres: Pale Blue Dot" and "Spheres: Songs of Spacetime") were narrated by Jessica Chastain and Patti Smith. Episode 3 is titled "Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos."

The full series is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival in late August/early September. The Black Swan director revealed Brown as his third narrator on Instagram Wednesday, when he posted a minute-long video of the planets in our solar system. Brown lists each one before saying, "We've always called to worlds beyond our own." 

Watch the tease below:

Eliza McNitt directed all three episodes, which were produced by Ari Handel, Antoine Cayrol, Pierre Zandrowicz, Arnaud Colinart, and Fred Volhuer, according to Variety, which also got the following statement from Cayrol:

“It’s fantastic to have Millie Bobby Brown narrate the second episode of Sphere — not just because she’s very talented but also because she has a huge following amongst millennials, which is our target demo with VR experiments like Spheres."


 

Say it three times in a row and it'll happen. The next bit of casting news focuses on the live musical stage production based on Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, which has found its two lead actors, reports Deadline

Alex Brightman (School of Rock) has been chosen to play the titular character (made famous by Michael Keaton in1988), while Sophia Anne Caruso (from the David Bowie musical Lazarus) will play Lydia (originally portrayed by Winona Ryder). 

While eventually headed for Broadway, Beetlejuice will open at Washington, D.C.'s National Theater for preview performances on Sunday, Oct. 14. It will open to the public on Nov. 14. 

Alex Timbers serves as director with Connor Gallagher as choreographer. Eddie Perfect wrote the original score while the book was penned by Scott Brown & Anthony King.

The original film focused on a couple (played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis), who die in a car accident. When a new family attempts to movie into their house, they hire an uncouth spirit (Keaton) to scare away the living. They succeed, but also end up befriending the family's goth daughter (Ryder).