Check out these bits of casting, and a few actor's wishes for this Monday:
  • Mario Van Peebles is whipping up an action thriller called Kerosene Cowboys, and the cast is about to be set. The Hollywood Reporter posts that Cam Gigandet, Shane West, and Rachael Leigh Cook are in negotiations to star in the flick that follows "hard-living pilots of an elite Navy attack squadron." Gigandet will be a "hot-shot pilot," West will play the nemesis who used to be his best friend, and Cook will wrap things up as a journalist who dates Gigandet. At the very least, it looks like a welcome vacation from some of Cook's recent work (from The House of Yes to Blind Ambition ... my, how they fall).
  • Vin Diesel is all about the returns lately. First came the latest Fast and Furious pic, and now more triple-X. Variety reports that both Diesel and director Rob Cohen have signed on for another XXX pic, this one titled: XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. While it's not the most unique title out there, at least it's showcasing the plus points -- the return of Mr. Vin.
  • Meanwhile, Adam Arkin is taking on the world of Coen. Variety reports that the Life actor has grabbed a role in A Serious Man. There is no word on who he's playing.
  • Having just recorded "Another Way to Die" for Quantum of Solace, MTV reports that Alicia Keys would like to be a Bond Girl. Methinks this is something that would work best as a Bond girl/song mixture -- the sexy, iconic Bond girl having the pipes to also belt out the theme song. But no matter what happens, she has this positive report about the film: "it's damn good."
After the jump: De Niro and Pacino ... as women?


  • In more pulpy news, would you pay to see Robert De Niro and Al Pacino crossdress? Ace Showbiz reports that while doing the rounds for Righteous Kill, the actors told a British radio station that they'd like to get a little more feminine for their next picture. Pacino said: "We could play sisters. That could happen ... who knows?" Sure, it's all a big joke, but if Robin Williams could do it, why not Al and Robert?
  • Additional casting bites: Gaius Charles of Friday Night Lights in Bone Deep and Sarah Jane Morris of Brothers and Sisters in Crazy Heart.