Casting is rolling along at a feverish pace with Universal’s adaptation of R.I.P.D., a Dark Horse comic by Peter Lenkov. Last week, we told you that Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker had been cast as the head of the Rest In Peace Department division to lord over Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges’ characters.
According to THR and Deadline, Glee regular Mike O’Malley, Victoria’s Secret model Marisa Miller, and veteran Asian-American actor James Hong (Blade Runner, Big Trouble in Little China) have been added to the cast of R.I.P.D.
[Above: Mike O’Malley]
O’Malley, who is also a writer for Showtime’s Shameless, will play Elliot, “a kind of ghost.”
[Above: Jeff Bridges and Marisa Miller]
R.I.P.D. will be the feature film debut for Miller who had guest starred in Entourage and How I Met Your Mother. Miller’s role is very interesting as she is the human avatar for Jeff Bridges’ undead cop character, Bo, which means that she is what other humans see when Bo is in his earthly form. Bo is Ryan Reynolds’ character’s partner on the Rest In Peace Department so you can see how awkwardly funny this could be.
[Above: Ryan Reynolds and James Hong]
Hong, who recently reprised his voice-over role of Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda 2, has been cast as Grandpa Chen, Reynold’s avatar.
R.I.P.D. also stars Kevin Bacon (Crazy, Stupid, Love) is the villain and Stephanie Szostak (Gimme Shelter) as the female lead. Robert Schwentke (Red) will direct the project with a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi.
The story of R.I.P.D. follows a cop, Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds), killed in the line of duty, who is recruited by a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department, a police force comprised of ghosts who battle spirits unready to depart this world. He then tries to find the man who murdered him.
R.I.P.D. is slated to hit theaters on June 28th, 2013.
I don’t know about you, but R.I.P.D. sounds better and better by the day! Heck, Ryan Reynolds is Lo Pan!