June 11th, 2010
01:14 PM ET

Casting Chronicles: Stanley Tucci joins 'Captain America'

Fresh off his lauded turns in "The Lovely Bones" and "Julie and Julia," Stanley Tucci has signed up to play "Captain America's" creator, Dr. Abraham Erskine. Tucci joins Chris Evans, who plays the "Captain," and "Gossip Girl's" Sebastian Stan. The first film in the franchise will open next July.

Paul Rudd’s comedy “My Idiot Brother” filled in some female leads this week: Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, Emily Mortimer and Elizabeth Banks have all signed on to the film.

Rudd's character is an idealist with an overbearing mom who intermittently stays at the homes of his three ambitious sisters, somehow simultaneously spreading joy and havoc in the lives of his siblings. Mortimer, Banks and Deschanel will star as his sisters, and Jones will play the girlfriend of Deschanel’s bisexual character.

In vampire movie news, David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“Superbad”; “Kick-Ass”) will join Colin Farrell and Toni Collette in the remake of 1985’s “Fright Night.” Mintz-Plasse will play the friend of Anton Yelchin’s character Charlie, a teen who thinks his next-door neighbor (Farrell) is a vampire. Collette plays the teen's mom who falls under the vampire’s spell, and Tennant portrays a Las Vegas magician whose show relies on horror-movie imagery.

Hilary Swank is another actor who's apparently been bitten by the allure of a vampire movie (should we blame “Twilight” for this?) - she'll star in a film adaptation of the 2007 novel, “Fangland,” about an assistant producer on a news program (Swank) who heads to Transylvania to follow a story on a crime boss.

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