Casting Call: ‘Gossip Girl’ Star Hits ‘Captain America’; ‘American Pie 4’ Scores Directors

Sebastian Stan answers the “Captain” call. The creators of “Harold & Kumar” get ready to serve another helping of “American Pie.” Plus, director Stephen Daldry brings a 9/11 story to life on the big screen. It’s all in the latest edition of’s Casting Call…

“Gossip Girl” heartthrob Sebastian Stan is saddling up next to “Captain America.” Stan, who plays Carter Baizen on the hit CW series, has landed the role of Bucky Barnes – sidekick to Chris Evans’ Marvel comic book title character.

The coveted role of Bucky was big in the “Captain America” comic books, as an orphaned teen who joined Captain America – aka Steve Rogers – in his fight against Nazi powers.

While Bucky died in the comic book’s final World War II chapter, he was brought back in 2005 as assassin Winter Soldier.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, no word from Marvel if there are plans to bring Winter Solider to life on the big screen, or if the character will simply be Bucky.

As previously reported, the aforementioned Evans will play Captain America (which Marvel officially confirmed on Friday), Samuel L. Jackson reprises the role of Nick Fury and Hugo Weaving has been cast as Red Skull in the film, which begins shooting in June 2010 and is set for release in July 2011.

Stan’s other film credits include “The Covenant,” “Rachel Getting Married,” and the current comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine.”


“American Pie 4” is officially a go.

Directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg – the men behind the “Harold & Kumar” franchise – have signed on to helm the next installment in the raunchy teen comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

While no deals have been made yet, members of the original cast – including Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Coolidge, Thomas Ian Nichols and Chris Owen — are said to be highly interested in reprising their roles, which forever launched them all into teen comedy lore with the first “American Pie” in 1999.

The last “Pie” movie to grace the big screen was 2003’s “American Wedding.” Since then, the franchise has launched several straight to DVD films.

Details of “American Pie 4’s” plot are being kept under wraps for now.


Director Stephen Daldry is set to bring Jonathan Safran Foer’s emotional 9/11 novel to the big screen.

Daldry will direct the film adaptation of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” based on Foer’s book, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s the latest project the helmer is aiming to bring from the pages to the screen, after previous success with “The Reader” and “The Hours.”

Foer’s 2005 book focuses on Oskar Schell, a 9-year-old jack of all trades, whose father was killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

No castings have been announced yet for the film.

“Twilight” fans may recognize Daldry’s name as one of the directors being rumored to be on the short list of candidates to helm the fourth film in the “Twilight Saga” franchise, “Breaking Dawn” – a list which also includes Sofia Coppola, Bill Condon and Gus Van Sant.

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