Casting Couch: Beart, Shakira, Weird

“Emmanuelle Beart has joined English-language supernational thriller “Vinyan” for Belgian director Frabice du Welz (“The Ordeal”). Beart will play a mother who travels to Thailand to find her lost child. Shooting is set to begin in Thailand in May…” (full details)

“Egyptian production company Good News is planning to produce a $10 million pic about the legendary sailor Sinbad – the first true Arab version of the Arab hero. Pop star Amr Diab will play Sinbad and the hope is singer Shakira will play Jasmin. Shooting would take place starting next Summer in Egypt and India. The plan is to shoot dual language versions in both English and Arabic…” (full details)

Korean stars Lee Byung-heon, Jung Woo-sung and Song Kang-ho will star in director Kim Jee-woon’s Korean-style Western, “The Good, the Bad and the Weird.” The $10 million production will be set in Manchuria during the early 1900s. Shooting is scheduled to shoot from April to June in China, with a delivery planned for early 2008…” (full details)