EXCLUSIVE: Julia Stiles has joined the cast of The Great Gilly Hopkins, an adaptation of Bridge To Terabithia author Katherine Paterson’s novel of the same name. The Book Thief‘s Sophia Nelisse is playing young protagonist Gilly, who dreams of being reunited one day with her mysterious and exotic mother. Stiles will play Gilly’s mother. Also newly added to the cast is Bill Cobbs (The Bodyguard, Rake) as Gilly’s blind, kindly neighbor Mr. Randolph. Cobbs stepped into the role replacing previously cast Danny Glover, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Rounding out the cast is Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods, The East) as the youngster’s overworked and underpaid social worker. Kathy Bates, Octavia Spencer, and Glenn Close also co-star. Script is adapted by Paterson’s son David Paterson, who also co-adapted his mother’s Terabithia tome into the 2007 film. Picturehouse will distribute The Great Gilly Hopkins, which is now filming in and around New York City. Stiles is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern.
Major casting news for The Money, HBO’s David Milch drama about wealth and corruption among the super elite. Billy Magnussen has been cast as a series regular, in the role of Greg Castman — the middle, and favorite, child of mogul/patriarch James Castman (Brendan Gleeson), who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his clan. Rosemary Harris has been cast in the recurring role of Ellen Knox, the sharp, fearless, and funny mother of James Castman’s wife Ruth (Laila Robins). Mamie Gummer will recur as Tricia Castman, who comes from old New York money and is married to John Castman (Patrick Kennedy), James and Ruth’s dutiful son and key lieutenant in Castman’s empire. Ray Liotta will recur as wealthy, entitled, untouchable Wall Street tycoon George Archer. Ruth Negga becomes a series regular, playing Erin Foley, the stylish, no-nonsense senior news editor who reports to John Castman. Morgan Spector also signed on as a series regular, playing James Castman’s trusted associate Sidney. John Carroll Lynch will recur as Robert Harris, the CFO of the parent company of Castman’s many holdings. And Tracee Chimo will recur as a private eye Jane Mulvaney, who works closely with Gordon McCarren, a reporter for VistaCorp’s New York Herald who’s job is on the line and is desperate to confirm a hot scoop. Nathan Lane was signed last month to the McCarren role. Milch is writing and executive producing with exec producers Art Linson and John Linson. Justin Chadwick is directing the pilot and co-exec producing. Frank Rich also exec produces; Eric Roth and Sarah Caplan are co-exec producing.
EXCLUSIVE: Billy Magnussen is in final negotiations to replace Jake Gyllenhaal in Into The Woods for Disney and director Rob Marshall. He will play Rapunzel’s prince in the Marc Platt-produced adaptation of the stage musical. He joins a film that shoots in London this fall with cast that includes Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, James Corden and Emily Blunt.
Magnussen was most recently Tony nominated for Chris Durang’s Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike. Magnussen’s last screen work came in Fox Searchlight’s The East and Whit Stillman’s Damsels In Distress. He also played an arc on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and next appears in the Martin Scorsese-produced Revenge Of The Green Dragons. He’s repped by BRS’s Charles Bodner, managed by Authentic’s Dara Gordon and lawyered by Robert Offer.