Casting Call



Diora Baird has been cast in Lionsgate's "Bachelor No. 2" opposite Dane Cook and Kate Hudson. Baird will play Hudson's sister, who goes on a ruinous date with Cook. Baird's credits include features "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" and "Accepted" as well as TV's "The Loop" and "Shark." She is repped by Pakula/King and Management 360. … Marc-Andre Grondin has been cast in "Guerrilla" (also known as "Che"), starring Benicio Del Toro and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Grondin will play Regis Debray, a Marxist intellectual who joined Che Guevara and Fidel Castro in their rebellion to give Cuba back to the poor. He is trusted by Che and adamantly refuses to give any information that would betray Che and the revolution. The Quebec actor is known for his performance in Jean-Marc Vallee's "C.R.A.Z.Y." He is repped by ICM and manager Marc Hamou. … Jason Mewes is sharpening his teeth for "Bitten," an indie horror film directed by Harvey Glazer. Mewes will play an EMT who falls for a distraught woman he discovers covered with blood. Mewes is known for playing Jay opposite Kevin Smith's Silent Bob in such films as "Clerks," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy," "Dogma," "Scream 3" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." Mewes is repped by Endeavor and Kritzer/Levine/Wilkins Entertainment. … Mark L. Young has been cast in writer-director Adam Sherman's "Happiness Runs." Young, whose credits include guest spots on the series "Dexter" and "ER," will play the lead role of a disenfranchised young cult member who is determined to flee his commune. Piper Laurie and Hanna Hall also star. Young recently completed his feature film debut as Tim Robbins' son in Neil Burger's military drama "The Return," which also stars Rachel McAdams and Michael Pena. Young is repped by the Kohner Agency and Martin Berneman Management. … Jim Gaffigan has been cast in the indie feature "Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck Has Nothing to Do With It)," written and directed by Lance Doty and produced by Sam Welch, the founders of aWoundedKnee Independent Films. The Western follows a man (James Russo) who hunts down a gunman to avenge his mother and father. Gaffigan will play Russo's father. Production is under way in Santa Fe, N.M. Gaffigan, repped by CAA, is one of the stars of TV's "My Boys." … Said Taghmaoui has joined the Overture feature "Traitor," starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce. Taghmaoui will play the right-hand man of an elusive terrorist (Cheadle) in an organization that is planning an imminent attack. Taghmaoui recently wrapped "Between Two Rivers," the Saddam Hussein miniseries for HBO, and has "Kite Runner" and "Vantage Point" coming out in the fall. He is repped by Innovative and Artist Independent Management. … Dennis Farina has uncorked a role in "Bottle Shock," an indie ensemble drama being directed by Randall Miller. The movie revolves around the father-and-son duo behind 1976's Judgment of Paris wine taste test. Farina will play a friend and confidant of the British wine merchant (Alan Rickman) who organized the test. Farina appears on "Law & Order" and was seen on the big screen in "You Kill Me." He is repped by Endeavor.