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Keaton, Witherspoon continue their hot streak with new casting news

Posted by jargononline on January 8, 2015 at 3:20 PM

It’s a big day for Batman and June Carter. Well, for the actors who played them at least, seeing as how one is dead and the other only exists when night befalls a large city. Word around inter-web is that “Birdman” actor Michael Keaton and “Wild” star Reese Witherspoon have been cast in “Kong: Skull Island” and “Downsizing” respectively.

Latino-Review reports that Keaton (currently leading the Best Actor race) is nearing a deal to star in the film alongside already cast actors Tom Hiddleston and J.K. Simmons (also a lead for an Oscar this year for “Whiplash”). The film from “Kings of Summer” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will focus on a group of explorers discovering Skull Island for the first time, and all the secrets it has to hold.

Keaton is the current frontrunner for Best Actor this year at the Academy Awards, and is long overdue for a role in a blockbuster event film. Sans the hit comedy “The Other Guys” Keaton hasn’t done much high profile work in the last few years and it’s exciting to see his resurgence.

As for Witherspoon, Deadline has confirmed that she will reteam with “Election” director Alexander Payne for the upcoming dramedy “Downsizing” with costar Matt Damon. Witherspoon is currently raking in the Oscar buzz for her role in “Wild” and this is attention she hasn’t received since her Oscar-winning role in “Walk the Line” almost ten years ago. She broke into the scene thanks to Payne and “Election” so it’s great to know they will be back at it again. I doubt her role will be as unique as her role as Tracey Flick, but still Payne never fails.

Both of these actors can expect to hear their names called on Oscar morning this week, which just goes to show that if you want the good roles you gotta bring in the gold.

 

 



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