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Last week we told you that actress Dianne Wiest was sighted here in town having dinner with her Passengers co-star, Anne Hathaway. In the thriller, Hathaway stars as a therapist assigned to help survivors of a mysterious plane crash. It turns out that Wiest isn’t the only cast member to join the Vancouver-shot film. Recently, it was announced that Andre Braugher — who was in town last October to shoot Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer — and David Morse (16 Blocks) have also climbed aboard.
Next month filming begins in Vancouver on the six-hour production of Tin Man, Sci-Fi Channel’s Robert Halmi-produced miniseries that retells The Wizard Of Oz. Zooey Deschanel (Bridge To Terabithia) has been cast as DG, a young woman — think Dorothy — who finds herself transported from her dull life into the “Outer Zone,” a fantasy-filled world of wonder that’s also plagued by dark magic. Deschanel stars opposite Alan Cumming (X-Men 2), already cast as the Scarecrow-like character of Glitch. Deschanel will next be seen in theaters in The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, which lensed in and around Calgary in 2005.
Back on Feb. 7 we mentioned that The Incredible Hulk — a stand-alone sequel to the 2003 film directed by Ang Lee — would likely shoot later this summer in Vancouver. Well, it turns out the production is migrating to Toronto, despite extensive location scouting here. Though casting is not finalized, actor Adrien Brody is rumoured to be in the running to play the role of gamma-radiated scientist Bruce Banner, whose anger transforms him into the green-skinned, muscle-bound behemoth.
And speaking of relocations, a conflict between the Quebec film technicians union and IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) has prompted Lakeshore Entertainment to shoot Elegy — starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz and based on Philip Roth’s 2001 novel The Dying Animal — somewhere other than Montreal. Vancouver tops the list of three possible locales, which also includes Winnipeg and Portland.
Robert Falconer is a Senior Editor at HollywoodNorthReport.com.