Penelope Mitchell has landed a pair of roles in upcoming films, joining the cast of the Darren Aronofsky-produced Zipper opposite Richard Dreyfuss, Patrick Wilson and Lena Headey and after that taking on Chris Fitchett’s supernatural thriller The Fear Of Darkness. Written and directed by Mora Stephens, Zipper centers on Sam Ellis (Wilson), a successful family man who presumably has it all until he risks losing everything due to his inability to fight off his obsessive temptation for other women. Mitchell will play Laci, a troubled, emotionally fragile young escort who develops an unusual and strong connection with Sam. Darkness centers on a brilliant young psychiatrist who, while investigating the supernatural disappearance of a university student (Mitchell), is forced to confront the dark creature that dwells deep within her own unconscious. Shooting is scheduled to begin on the Gold Coast next month. Aussie Mitchell just wrapped a role in Blumhouse’s Curve; on the TV side, she starred on the first season of Eli Roth’s Netflix series Hemlock Grove and had an arc on the CW’s The Vampire Diaries. She is repped by APA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and JM Agency in Australia.
Joanna Cassidy has been cast in Blumhouse Productions and Universal’s micro-budget horror film Visions, joining the just-announced Eva Longoria, Anson Mount and Gillian Jacobs. The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons in in talks to co-star. Cassidy, repped by Affirmative Entertainment and Stone Manners Salners, just wrapped the indie Too Late opposite John Hawkes. In TV, she most recently recurred on ABC’s Body Of Proof and HBO’s Call Me Fritz.
Leslie Hope, who will appear in Guillermo del Toro’s FX series The Strain, has joined his Legendary/Universal pic Crimson Peak. She will play the gossipy mother of Charlie Hunnam’s character in the gothic horror story that also stars Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston. The pic has an October 16, 2015, release date. Hope, whose credits include the ABC series The River, is repped by Domain and manager Perry Zimel.