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CASTING NEWS: Jessica Lange and Sam Neill Join Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams in ‘The Vow’


Screen Gems is reporting that two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange and veteran actor Sam Neill have now joined Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, Scott Speedman, and Jessica McNamee in their romantic drama 'The Vow'.

The film is based on a true story about a young woman (played by Rachel) who loses all recent memory in a car accident and struggles to rebuild her identity and remember her husband (played by Chan). Speedman will play McAdams' former fiance, with whom she begins to rekindle a romance in her amnesiac state, and Jessica plays McAdams' estranged younger sister in the film.

'The Vow' is the real-life story of Arizona couple Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, which is chronicled in a book called "The Vow: The Kim and Krickitt Carpenter Story' and dates from 1993, two months after their marriage, when their car was hit from behind by a truck.

Here's a description of the book that the film is based on...

“Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993, two months after their marriage, when their Ford Escort was hit from behind by a fast-moving truck. A massive head injury left Krickitt in a coma for weeks. When she finally emerged from the coma, she recognized her parents and everyone else — but she didn’t know Kim. She had no idea who he was. The ‘Krickitt’ Kim had married essentially died in the accident. The Vow is the true tale of the reconstruction of two lives and a marriage after an event so shattering that most others would have parted ways long ago. Though it was not easy, and it tested every fiber of who they were, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again.”

Screen Gems Studios (a Sony-based shingle) will co-finance with Spyglass Entertainment and will also distribute the Michael Sucsy-directed film. Spyglass' Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, and Jonathan Glickman are producing 'The Vow,' and Sucsy, who directed HBO's award-winning film 'Grey Gardens' (which also starred Jessica Lange), is rewriting the script.

The production started filming in Toronto, Ontario in Canada on August 30th and will wrap filming in a week or two. Fans won't get to see 'The Vow' until 2011 or 2012, but you can check out the latest pics of Chan on the Toronto set, hanging around the city, and taking photos with fans in the CTU Photo Gallery.

Earlier this year, Chan surprised even himself by displaying his musical talents on Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord.org. Obviously, that was just the beginning, because I can exclusively share with you guys that Chan has been taking guitar lessons to prepare for 'The Vow'. I can't say how this particular talent will manifest in the film yet, but I truly believe the fans will love the results. As always, stay tuned to CTU for all of the inside scoop!!!

SOURCE: ChanningTatumUnwrapped.com
Tags: casting / auditions, channing tatum, film
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