Casting News: Alyson Hannigan, Blake Lively, Tom Wilkinson

When it was reported that the cast of both American Pie movies and American Wedding were reuniting for American Reunion, Alyson Hannigan’s name was not amongst the names reported in any of the articles. Well, consider the actress present and ready for more funny sexual innuendos as Deadline is reporting that Hannigan has indeed officially signed on to reprise her role as Michelle. As you may have guessed, the film’s plot will center on a ten-year high school reunion, but it also offers a twist with Jim and Michelle’s marriage being tested when their sexy neighbor develops a crush on Jim.

In other news, while this may not be official casting, Variety has Oliver Stone eyeing Blake Lively for Savages. If Lively signs on, she joins Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch who are in talks to play the two friends. Lively would play Ophelia, the kidnapped girl. Benicio del Toro is negotiating to play one of the cartel enforcers and Salma Hayek and Uma Thurman have also been eyed for roles

The film is based on a book by Don Winslow and revolves around two friends from Laguna Beach who share the same girlfriend and a thriving business growing and distributing the best-quality pot on the planet. When they resist being muscled by a Mexican drug cartel, the girl is kidnapped and the ransom is every cent they’ve made for the last five years. They agree to pay but hatch an alternate plan to get her back, get revenge, and then get lost.

Lively is also considering the role of Glinda, the Good Witch of the East in Sam Raimi‘s Oz, the Great and Powerful for Disney. But considering the shooting schedules may make her decide on one.

Finally, Variety is reporting that Tom Wilkinson is joining the cast of The Samaritan. The David Weaver directed film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby, and Ruth Negga. The film is described as follows:

After twenty long years in prison, Foley (Jackson) is finally ready to put the grifter’s life behind him. When he falls for an elusive and troubled young woman named Iris (Negga), a new beginning seems within his reach. But his past is not ready to let him go. Ethan (Kirby), the son of his former partner, has the perfect plan and he wants Foley in on it. The con used to be a gentleman’s game — but the rules have changed. Trying to start over, Foley lets his guard down, a luxury it turns out he cannot afford. The harder he tries to escape his past, the deeper he is ensnared in Ethan’s web of secrets and lies, until it is all too clear there can be no turning back