One of these pieces of casting news has me genuinely excited. The other…well…you’ll see.

First the good news. Rooney Mara has garnered pretty much all the attention thanks to roles in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Social Network”, but now it looks like her sister Kate Mara will get her chance to shine. Kate’s had some smaller roles in “127 Hours” and “We Are Marshall”. Now comes news that she’s joining the cast of “Transcendence”, the debut directorial effort of Wally Pfister, who is the long time collaborator with Christopher Nolan. The film stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany so this one seems to be loaded with potential.

On for the bad news. Anyone see ‘The Last Airbender” from M. Night Shyamalan? Don’t worry, there’s not a sequel coming, though there is still that possibility. But I digress. Do you remember Katara played by Nicola Peltz? Even if you don’t, my point is everyone in that film did a terrible job acting. Now Peltz is set for a starring role in another big adaptation. Are you ready? She’s in “Transformers 4”. She’ll star along side Jack Reynor and join the likes of Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as the female leads for Michael Bay to look at in the series. Word of advice to Peltz. After working on one of the worst films made in recent memory, don’t use Bay as your “comeback” attempt.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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