The writer-director (“The Doom Generation”) has cast Roxane Mesquida, Thomas Dekker, Kelly Lynch and Haley Bennett in “Kaboom,” which follows the sexual awakening of a group of college students. Araki is shooting the indie feature now.
Araki, repped by Untitled Entertainment, is the director of “Smiley Face,” “Mysterious Skin” and “The Living End.”
Repped by APA and Untitled, Mesquida has appeared in “The Last Mistress” and “Fat Girl.” This will be the French actress’ American feature debut.
Dekker, repped by ICM and the Schiff Co., starred in “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and recently appeared in the feature “My Sister’s Keeper.” He next appears in the remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” releasing in April.
Lynch, repped by Talent Works and Crestview Entertainment, appeared on Showtime’s “The L Word” and in the features “Charlie’s Angels” and “Road House.”
Bennett, repped by WME and the Schiff Co., has appeared in “The Haunting of Molly Hartley,” “Music and Lyrics” and “Marley & Me.”
The “Donnie Darko”/”Southland Tales,” director tweeted yesterday, “Just read that one actor (Armie Hammer) will play the Winklevoss twins in [David Fincher’s] ‘THE SOCIAL NETWORK.’ Cool!” So we went digging and discovered ala Aaron Sorkin’s Facebook page that several young actors have joined the cast including the aforementioned Hammer (from “Gossip Girl”), Max Minghella (“Agora” and “Artschool Confidential”), Rooney Mara (young sister of Kate Mara), Dakota Johnson (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith), Disney Channel actress Brenda Song, and model Josh Pence.
Sorkin writes (quoted by a user, that would never bother making up names so obscure) that “20 others” are set to join though it’s doubtful they’ll be bigger names than the film’s three leads Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake (who has the smallest role of the three leads) or the ones already mentioned.
Shooting began yesterday, Oct. 19th in Cambridge, MA. Justin Timberlake hasn’t been spotted in Cambridge yet, but that’s because his scenes all take place in Los Angeles (he plays Napster co-founder Sean Parker) and a Boston location manager recently confirmed that Timberlake indeed won’t be appearing in MA at all. The pop star is apparently growing out his hair as well so he can pull off Parker’s curls.
Rumored to be around $40 million in budget, it’s nice to see some limitations that forces directors to have to reach out to interesting actors that won’t inflate the budget skyward. Though to be fair, Fincher would have probably chosen these guys anyhow, but as evinced by what happened to Joe Wright’s “Indian Summer,” yesterday (put on the backburner due to cost), you’re going to see a lot of dramas these days hit a budget ceiling of around $30-40 million until the economy picks up. That means that ambitious and expensive dramas like ‘Benjamin Button’ should be happy they were made before the recession.
I’ve added new outtakes & behind the scenes video of Rooney taken for Teen Vogue magazine.
In the next year, Rooney (younger sister of actress Kate) will star in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and the comedy Youth in Revolt, but for right now, she’s focused on her humanitarian efforts. After traveling to Africa with a volunteer group, Rooney established the nonprofit Faces of Kibera to benefit kids in a small village in Kenya. “We’ve already been able to do so much,” she says. While most ingénues struggle to balance fame with a career, she seems markedly poised. “It makes you a better actor if you have real-life experiences that you can draw from.”—S.J-D.