Newsbites: Compass! Blood! Potter!

Just a couple quick casting-news bits.

1. IGN.com reports that Eva Green, recently seen in Kingdom of Heaven and soon to be seen in Casino Royale, has been cast as the witch queen Serafina Pekkala in The Golden Compass.

2. What is it with Paul Dano and religious content? Earlier this year he played the son of a fundamentalist preacher, who among other things advocates teaching Intelligent Design in public schools, in The King (my review); and right now, he can be seen in theatres in Little Miss Sunshine, as a Nietzsche buff whose T-shirt says “Jesus Was Wrong”. Now, the Hollywood Reporter says he has also been cast in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, as “a gifted, charismatic young preacher who captivates churchgoers.”

UPDATE: I just got a press release with the following news:

3. Helena Bonham Carter has joined the cast of the new Harry Potter movie as Bellatrix Lestrange, a Death Eater and a cousin of Sirius Black’s. FWIW, I interviewed Bonham Carter ten years ago for the student paper The Ubyssey; see page 3 of this PDF file.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11340006144797496514 RC

    all interesting casting news…i love casting news.

    –RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

  • http://www.schoolofinteriordesign.org Samantha

    Wow… Carter is impressive, and she’s definitely a brilliant addition to the cast of Harry Potter. ;)


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