[News Bites] ‘Catching Fire’ Casting, International Posters, & ‘The Exorcist’ Stage Play Gets Shields, McDowell & Teller FX!

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The NY Post is writing that John Doyle’s “The Exorcist” stage play, which has been adapted from William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, begins performances next month at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. And while producers Ben Sprecher and Sonia Friedman are keeping a lid on expectations, they hear that if the reviews are good, the production will land on Broadway, possibly at the John Golden Theatre, in the fall. Teller, of Penn and Teller fame, is providing a few effects. A source who watched him practice a levitation scene says it’s “genuinely creepy.” Brooke Shields is playing Regan’s mother, and Richard Chamberlain is playing Father Merrin (Max von Sydow in the movie). Should the show move to Broadway, Shields will be coming with it. Chamberlain, however, will not. The producers have offered the role to Malcolm McDowell (Halloween, Clockwork Orange).

The Playlist is reporting that Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Alice in Wonderland ) and Zoe Aggeliki (R.I.P.D.) are in the mix for “Johanna Mason” in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The character becomes a strong ally with Katniss and Peeta during the 75th Hunger Games, but has a testy relationship with Katniss who likens her to an older sister who hates you. She’s a fierce competitor, who has no family and friends left in District 7 where she hails, with her weapon of choice being an axe. Francis Lawrence directed the sequel for Lionsgate, which aims at a November 2013 release.

Lastly we’ve added a pair of international posters, the first for Rodrigo Cortes’ Red Lights, in theaters July 13 from Millenium Entertainment. Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen, Toby Jones, Joely Richardson, Leonardo Sbaraglia all star in the psychic thriller. Also added in an international one-sheet for the already released Stateside Chernobyl Diaries, which begins its international run this weekend.

  • Evan3

    Don’t really care about the Hunger Games, but for fans of the series, pray they don’t hire that talentless hacktress Mia Wasikowska. She was horrendous in Alice in Wonderland (true, a horrendous film, but boy was she a worthless lead).