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.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Casting Catch-Up: Adrianne Palicki & More

Adrianne PalickiMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been announcing a bunch of recurring and guest casting for its second season, which starts on September 23rd. Adrianne Palicki has been cast as Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird in at least one episode, with the possibility of returning. Simon Kassianides will play the recurring role of Bakshi. Henry Simmons will play recurring mechanic Alphonso “Mac” Mackenzie, while Kyle MacLachlan will recur as Skye’s father. Brian Patrick Wade will play the Absorbing Man, and Lucy Lawless has been cast in a secret role.