Casting Buffet: ‘Cursed’, ‘Candyman’, ‘King Richard’, ‘Cruella’ & ‘Mouse Guard’

Katherine Langford

Here’s a slew of casting updates for projects like Frank Miller’s Cursed, the Candyman reboot, King Richard, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians origin story Cruella, and Mouse Guard.

Netflix has just added nine castmembers to Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler’s Cursed series to join Katherine Langford, who will star as lead Nimue. According to Deadline, Devon Terrell (Barry), Gustaf Skarsgård (Westworld), Peter Mullan (Ozark), Lily Newmark (Sex Education), Shalom Brune-Franklin (The State), Daniel Sharman (Fear the Walking Dead), Sebastian Armesto (Broadchurch), Emily Coates (Flack), Catherine Walker (Versailles) and Billy Jenkins (The Crown) have joined the show.

Cursed is a new take on the legend of King Arthur and focuses “on Nimue, the young woman who is fated to become the seemingly all-powerful Lady of the Lake. The premise sees the young Nimue team up with a mercenary named Arthur and agree to help him on his quest to find the wizard Merlin and an ancient, but powerful, sword. The two will have to find the strength to lead a rebellion against the forces of the cruel King Uther.”

THR says that Teyonah Parris has joined the cast of the Candyman reboot. That’s not all. Last month, we reported that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Black Manta in Aquaman) had been cast in the title role. Apparently, he is actually in talks to play “an artist who becomes obsessed with the bloody legend” of Candyman. Lakeith Stanfield was previously in talks for this role.

Will Smith will play Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard. The film will “center on Richard Williams overcoming hardship, skepticism, controversy, and his own troubled past to instruct his daughters, starting when they were four years old on the tennis courts of Compton, Calif. — despite not having a background in tennis.”

ThatHashtagShow says that Nicole Kidman is the top choice to play Cruella‘s antagonist, who is said to be essential to Estella’s transformation into Cruella. Emma Thompson, Charlize Theron, Demi Moore, and Julianne Moore are also being eyed for the part.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Maze Runner – he’s the one that looks like Link) and Andy Serkis have joined the cast of Mouse Guard. Brodie-Sangster will be playing Lieam, one of the newest and youngest members of the Guard, while Serkis will be the villainous Midnight, a blacksmith who turns against the guard.

The film will be directed by Wes Ball, director of The Maze Runner trilogy. Mouse Guard is based on a comic series that tells “the story of an order of mice sworn to protect a medieval realm from all enemies and threats.” The film will be shot using motion capture (you do you Serkis). Production is slated to begin this May.

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