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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Cusack as Nixon, and more casting news

For some reason, today seems crammed full of casting news and rumors, so let’s just jump in .. .
— John Cusack will play Richard Nixon in “The Butler,” Lee Daniels’ follow-up to “Precious.” The film is about a White House butler (played by Forest Whitaker) who has served eight consecutive presidents. Cusack is . . . hmm, not my first choice to play Nixon, to say the least.
— Julianne Moore, so good as Sarah Palin in HBO’s recent “Game Change,” is in talks to play Carrie White’s mother in the “Carrie” remake, directed by Kimberly Peirce and starring Chloe Moretz in the title role. That . . . could work. That could work just fine.
— Ralph Macchio, i.e. The Karate Kid, has joined the impressive cast of “Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” playing “Psycho” screenwriter Joe Stefano. Also in the cast: Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma Revelle, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, and Jessica Biehl as Vera Miles. I’d watch that.
— Vince Vaughn will star in a movie version of “The Rockford Files,” playing the private eye made famous in ’70s television by James Garner. This is . . . hmm, I don’t know if it’s a good idea, because I never saw “The Rockford Files.” Anyone?

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