Oscar-winning trio leaves CAA for new agency

Endeavor has signed Oscar winners Jessica Lange, William Hurt and Anthony Hopkins. The trio had been repped by CAA.

Agency watchers feel that the movement of acting vets will likely continue for a number of reasons.

The sluggish pace of production because of last year’s writers’ strike and the specter of an actors’ strike has made it more difficult for agents to maintain the pricey salary quotes that longtime clients have grown accustomed to receiving.

That makes stars receptive to courtship and the chance for some fresh entrepreneurial energy from a rival agent. As evidenced by Mickey Rourke’s Golden Globes win for “The Wrestler,” an actor with a long resume can change his fortunes with one strong performance.

Lange will next be seen starring as eccentric socialite Edith Bouvier Beale, alongside Drew Barrymore, in “Grey Gardens.” Hurt, who was last nominated for an Oscar in “A History of Violence,” previously starred in “The Incredible Hulk” and “Vantage Point.” Hopkins recently completed starring in “The Wolf Man” for Universal.

CAA also signed Endeavor client David O. Russell late last week.

And earlier this month, WMA signed Antonio Banderas and Kurt Russell, who’d also had long runs with CAA.

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