More familiar faces from Mad Men to grace the big screen

John Hamm's role in Ben Affleck's (relatively) new bank heist movie, The Town, seems to have flung open the floodgates, with two other Mad Men actors recently cast in feature films.

Yesterday, news broke that the ever-so-damned-dashing Jared Harris (Lane Pryce) will take on the role of Professor Moriarty in Guy Ritchie's upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel. The decision to cast Harris came after Ritchie apparently considered a host of big name Hollywood actors for the role including Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Javier Bardiem, and Brad Pitt.

On the heels of the Jared Harris report, sources are reporting that fellow Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce employee Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell, will star in a yet-to-be-titled film directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show). Alongside Kartheiser will be Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake. Variety describes the movie as a "thriller about a society where no one ages beyond 25, except for those rich enough to buy time... Kartheiser plays the father of Seyfried's character, who is forced to choose between the daughter he loves and the oppressive time system that has made him rich. Variety then goes onto note that, "The storyline follows a rebel from the ghetto (Timberlake) who is falsely accused of murdering a wealthy man for his time, and goes on the run with a beautiful hostage (Seyfried)." Sounds a little weird, but I am certainly intrigued.

And speaking of weird and intriguing, check out The Root's Mad Men Black-People Counter, which counts... well, you get the idea. Tally on Episode 10, "Hands and Knees": one (Toni, the Playboy Bunny who is Lane's girlfriend). 

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On: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

I love following actors from my favorite shows go onto other work, almost like "my" kids graduating or something, in a weird kind of way? I include in this group Mad Men (of course), The Sopranos, The Shield, The Wire, Buffy, and many others. 

Great job and interesting news !

On: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Lucas High said:

I love it too, but sometimes it's tough to separate the character from the actor. I still think of Detriot 187 as "that cop show with Chrissy in it" or "What is Stringer Bell doing on The Big C?"

On: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

I'll take you one further: every time I see the guy I'll always think of State Sen. Clay Davis (who is on Rubicon this season in a small role), I think of him saying not String but Strang. 

On: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Lucas High said:

Don't even get me started. As a Baltimore guy, The Wire holds a special place in my heart and TV Pantheon.


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