Casting: Bond 23, Beauty, Forty, Avengers

Bond 23
Rhys Ifans has signed on to join the cast of “Bond 23” which currently includes Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and Naomie Harris.

It is not known what role Ifans will play. Sam Mendes directs from a script by Patrick Marber. [Source: The Daily Telegraph]

Beauty and the Beast
Producer Denise Di Novi has confirmed that she is working with Guillermo del Toro on his new take on the classic tale “Beauty and the Beast”.

More surprisingly though, the project is being setup as a vehicle for “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson. [Source: STYD]

This Is Forty
Acting legend John Lithgow along with Annie Mumolo and Robert Smigel have joined the cast of Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up” spin-off “This Is Forty”.

Annie Mumolo co-wrote “Bridesmaids” with Kristen Wiig. Smigel is best know for his character Triumph the Insult Comic dog. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

The Avengers
“The Mentalist” actress Amanda Righetti has joined the cast of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” which is currently in the middle of production.

Her role hasn’t been revealed as yet, best guesses however is that she’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with a connection to a character from “Captain America”. [Source: The Daily Blam]