Depending on your film tastes, this casting news might be hit and miss for some of you. Why? Well, Radcliffe you know (anyone recall those movies about “The Boy Who Lived”?) and has done a lot to even out the Potter heavy portion of his CV. But Kazan, unless you’re up on your indie or theater news, might not ring any bells. The delightful and acclaimed theater actress Zoe Kazan has made a name for herself starting with her breakout role as Maureen Grube in Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Since then she’s worked with may of Hollywood’s A-Listers in some off-kilter films like In the Valley of Elah, Fracture, The Savages, Me and Orson Welles and the upcoming Ruby Sparks which she both wrote and stars in.
In their upcoming film, The F Word, Radcliffe plays a young man who finds that the girl he thought he had romantic interest in actually already has a boyfriend. Ain’t that just the way of the world? Anyway, The F Word (friend?) is directed by Michael Dowse (Goon) from a script by Elan Mastai and if there are two young stars who can do a lot with trite or otherwise banal sounding material it’s Radcliffe and Kazan. Anyone who’s seen The Woman in Black should know Radcliffe is capable of more than holding a wand and Kazan, who, not even 30 yet, brings a strong theater presence (following, most recently, Martin McDonagh’s “A Behanding in Spokane” opposite Christopher Walken, Anthony Mackie and Sam Rockwell) and has the chops of an actress twice her age.
Thanks to First Showing for the tip and now consider this one officially on the GST radar. But until this gets off the ground Radcliffe can next be seen in Kill Your Darlings (star-studded period piece about a murder in 1944 which draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs). Also, depending on your city, you can catch Kazan, along with boyfriend Paul Dano, in Ruby Sparks (check out the trailer) which starts its limited run this weekend. Whatcha think? Anyone fond of anything Radcliffe or Kazan have been in recently??