Today in show business news: Two young actresses are up for a potentially huge role in the year's most mysterious movie, the world is not done with Bad Teacher, and HBO says no to another big literary adaptation.
Major casting is underway for Tomorrowland, the big sci-fi adventure film written by Damon Lindelof (and Entertainment Weekly geek scribe Jeff Jensen), directed by Brad Bird, and starring George Clooney. Well, see, it's more featuring George Clooney. The real lead character is a teenage girl who seeks help from Clooney's character, "a disgruntled inventor," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The teen role is big, one that THR says "has potential to be star-making." Ooh. That's always exciting. So who's it going to be? Supposedly it's down to Britt Robertson, from The Secret Circle and the upcoming Under the Dome (and, of course, Avalon High), and Naomi Scott from the late Terra Nova. So, not exactly household names at the moment, but they could be soon! You know, the way Henry Thomas shot to huge fame after E.T.. Of course, they're only in the testing phase right now, so it's possible that neither of them will get it, but the pressure must be on at this point. Imagine reading in the trades that you're one of two people up for a role that "has potential to be star-making." That's intense. Do you call the other person up and graciously wish them luck? Do you call Melisandre instead and ask her to make you a shadow baby? Maybe you just curl up in a ball and pray as hard as you can that you don't screw it up and ruin your life forever. Whatever you do, good luck, ladies. May the best woman become hopefully not the next Brandon Routh. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The Bad Teacher TV show that's set to air in midseason isn't enough. People want more Bad Teacher, so Sony is putting together a sequel to the raunchy Cameron Diaz comedy, with director Jake Kasdan back aboard and, presumably, Diaz too. It makes sense. The first one earned over $200 million globally, a huge number for a comedy, especially considering its $20 million budget. (Diaz must have made a killing in backend money. In fact, it seems she did.) There are no details about the sequel's plot, but I'd guess it involves her being an even worse teacher? I mean, she can't be less bad, can she? What would be the point of that. [Deadline]