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Casting Bits: Goodman joins Coen Brothers film and Caine joins NOW YOU SEE ME

Here are two bits of casting news that involve a veteran actor joining an ensemble cast. 

The Coen brothers have added a familiar face to their next film. It is being reported that The Artist's John Goodman has joined the cast of Inside Llewyn Davis. Goodman has starred in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother Where Art Thou?. He will join Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in the film set during the 1960's Greenwhich Village music scene that is loosely based on Dave van Ronk. 

In other news Michael Caine has joined the cast of Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me. The Film Stage (via Moviehole) is reporting that Caine will join the ensemble cast that includes: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco. I have been excited about this movie when it was first announced. The story follows magicians who rob banks with their illusions. Here is a more detailed story:

“This is going to be a great movie, guys. These guys literally get around robbing all the major cities – the one in the third act, in Los Angeles, will be major – without the feds ever being able to place them on the scene. The opening sequence will be great – ‘The Four Horsemen’, the world’s best illusionists, are at one of their live shows. They bring an audience member up who recently lost some money from a Paris bank. Next thing you know, the audience member and the lead illusionist, Michael (Eisenberg), appear on a videoscreen behind them – IN the bank in Paris. They crack open the vaults. Next thing, cash is raining through the auditorium. The feds – led by agent Hobbes, played by Woody H – get wind of what happened at the magic show and confirm with the bank in Paris that they’ve been robbed. Of course, the authorites have no idea how the illusionists managed to rob a bank on the other side of the world while they were standing on a theater stage in the states. They ultimately enlist the help of a veteran illusionist who taught Michael everything he knows. You can guess the rest, but it’s just such a good story.”

I am a fan of both actors and think that they will make great additions to these respective casts. What are your thoughts on this news?

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