Thesps replace Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser in Elmore Leonard caper
In a major casting shakeup, “Twilight” thesp Billy Burke, Christian Slater, Michael Jai White and newcomer Breanne Racano have stepped in to replace Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Craig Robinson and Katie Cassidy in Charlie Matthau’s action comedy “Freaky Deaky,” which has also added Roger Bart to its ensemble.Burke is now set to play an LAPD bomb squad officer who stumbles upon two former hippie activists plotting to use their bomb-making skills to bilk a movie mogul out of millions. Slater and Racano will play the ex-hippes, while White will play a former Black Panther turned capitalist who serves as an assistant to the Hollywood honcho. As for Bart, he’ll play a cop partnered with Burke. Director Matthau adapted Elmore Leonard’s crime novel, which also garnered interest from Quentin Tarantino and John Malkovich years ago. Burke recently appeared in WB’s “Red Riding Hood” and will reprise his role as Kristen Stewart’s father in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.” Slater, who next stars in the indie crime pic “Guns, Girls and Gambling,” just landed a supporting role alongside Sylvester Stallone in Walter Hill’s untitled action thriller. White recently appeared in Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too?” and directed “Never Back Down 2.” Bart recently recurred on NBC’s “The Event” and co-starred alongside Marlee Matlin in Richard Bates Jr.’s indie “Excision.” Tony Award-winning thesp was last seen on the bigscreen in “Law Abiding Citizen” and “American Gangster.” Racano is set for a recurring role on the upcoming final season of HBO’s “Entourage.” Burke is repped by Gersh and Ellen Meyer Management, while Innovative Artists and Impression Entertainment rep Bart. Slater is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment, which also reps Racano along with Buchwald Talent Group. WME and BMP rep White.