Daily Read (5/9/16)

I had somehow missed that there’s a movie adaptation of Margaret Mahy’s great YA novel The Changeover in the works, and I’m very excited but also a little worried. So far the cast includes Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey, Charlie Heaton, Lucy Lawless, Erana James, Stefania LaVie Owen, and Jamie Curry. The main character in the novel is part Maori and I’m hoping they preserve that, though I don’t know if that’s Owen’s role. (I also don’t know James’s age or background, so maybe that’s her.) I was just trying to look this up and discovered that James and Owen are both from New Zealand – at least according to the Internet – so that’s a start.

Tim Matheson and Cynthia Nixon will star in National Geographic Channel’s newest Bill O’Reilly adaptation, Killing Reagan. I’m sort of surprised that I’ve only seen one “Nixon Playing Reagan” headline so far.

And Jack Huston and Emilia Clarke will star in Above Suspicion, based on the FBI thriller by Joe Sharkey.

Star Maisie Williams has some nice things to say about her role in YA adaptation The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which is one of the few zombie stories I’ve ever actually liked.

Movie Casting Updates: Paper Towns & More

Cara DelevingneCara Delevingne will play Margo Roth Spiegelman in the adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns. A lot of people seem to have a lot of feelings about this – partially, I think, because Delevingne has worked mostly as a model – but since I’ve seen neither her audition for this nor her acting in anything else, I see no reason not to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Whoa, they’re making a movie of Mary Downing Hahn’s Wait Till Helen Comes! It will star Maria Bello and Sophie and Isabelle Nelisse.

That Ben-Hur remake has started casting – so far it’s got Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman.

By the way, Huston is also playing Wickham in the long-rumored adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which also includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Emma Greenwell, and Douglas Booth.

Live by Night has added Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, and Elle Fanning.

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin will star in Me Before You.

Movie Casting: The DUFF, Insurgent, The Longest Ride, & More

Robbie AmellThe cast of The DUFF (which stars Mae Whitman) will include Robbie Amell, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Bella Thorne, Ken Jeong, and Nick Eversman.

Jonny Weston has joined Insurgent.

Jack Huston will star in the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’s The Longest Ride, along with Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood.

Mary Steenburgen has joined A Walk in the Woods.

Glenn Close will star in an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife.