Casting News: Victoria Justice, Perez Hilton, Michael Pena and more
04/19/2011 - 14:00 ||
There's nothing that celeb blogger Perez Hilton loves more than being Perez Hilton. So how perfect is it that the queen of all media will get to play himself in French director Christophe Lenoir's A * Is Killed, based on the real-life circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson's death?
According to Variety, the movie tells the story of an Indian musician named Siddharth Patel (Himesh Reshammiya) who is fascinated by a late pop star killed under suspicious circumstances. "In the world of the movie, I had a friendship with the character who passes away," said Hilton, who will play himself as a truth-seeking proponent of justice. "It's pretty cool, and something I've always wanted to do!"
And speaking of justice, there's some casting news concerning Victoria Justice! The Nickelodeon star has just been cast in Jon Kasdan's teen rom-com The First Time. The movie follows two high school students over the first weekend of a blossoming relationship. Justice will play a beautiful girl of the protagonist's dreams, except she sees him as nothing more than a friend. Justice, who also stars on Nickelodeon's hit series, Victorious, was also recently cast as the lead in Paramount's Fun Size, which is being directed by Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz.
We also hear that our former crush Michael Peña (Crash, World Trade Center) is in negotiations to star as Jake Gyllenhaal's partner in David Ayer's police movie, End of Watch. The cop drama chronicles the friendship between two longtime partners.
Anf finally, City of God director Fernando Meirelles is developing an Aristotle Onassis biopic. Insiders tell Vulture.com that Meirelles envisions it "as a sort of Godfather, with Onassis at the center." Rumor has it the film will be based on Peter Evans’s best-selling book Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys.