As constant students of their craft and of their industry, actors may want to keep up to date with which films are performing well at the box office. But you shouldn’t just stop there. Familiarizing oneself with the casting directors behind said projects would be a wise move for any actor. We’ve compiled the following list of the top five films from this weekend’s box office and the casting teams behind them, according to IMDb. You’ll find previous titles that the casting directors have recently cast, as well as what the casting directors are up to next. Enjoy the free study guide. 


1. Bad Boys for Life 

In this third installment of the Bad Boys saga, Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) reunite for another wild ride. Lindsay Graham and Mary Vernieu cast the action-comedy and are both members of Betty Mae Casting. The two share some recent credits under their names that include Troop Zero, Dolemite Is My Name and Sundance darling Charm City Kings. The casting directors have an impressive number of upcoming projects to anticipate. For example, they’re casting the action drama Without Remorse, which will star Michael B. Jordan. And keep an eye out for Shia LaBeouf in the crime drama The Tax Collector, which the dynamic duo also cast. 


2. 1917 

The World War I drama centers on two British soldiers tasked with delivering a message which will prevent more than 1,500 of their fellow soldiers from stepping into the enemy’s trap.  

Casting powerhouse Nina Gold is behind the Sam Mendes film that’s racked up 10 Oscar nominations. Gold’s recent credits include names like Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, The Two Popes and Game of Thrones. The busy casting director is attached to many projects that are in the works, such as season four of The Crown. And fans of the Jurassic World series can look forward to her casting work on the upcoming third installment, whose title remains under wraps


3. Dolittle

The classic tale of a doctor who realizes that he possesses a unique gift, the ability to converse with animals, is brought to life with Robert Downey Jr. playing the titular character. Lucy Bevan is the casting director behind the family-friendly flick. Recent credits for Bevan include films like Cats, The Good Liar and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. The casting director has a vast array of upcoming titles in the works. For example, she’s on the casting teams for both The Batman and Cruella, which will star Robert Pattinson and Emma Stone in the films’ respective titular roles. 


4. Gretel & Hansel 

The horror film centers on the well-known fairy tale about two siblings who enter a forest to try and find food, only to discover a terrifying evil that lurks there. Claire Curry and Julie Harkin are the casting directors behind this reimagining of the classic tale. Curry has recently helped cast The Informer, which releases in the U.S. March 13, and Vita & Virginia. Her upcoming projects include the horror feature Mary and the drama feature Embers, the latter of which she’ll cast with Harkin. Harkin is attached to a number of new titles to anticipate. One example is the action-comedy feature Kung Fury 2, which will star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Fassbender. As for recent credits already released, she cast The Aeronauts and Teen Spirit.


5. Jumanji: The Next Level 

In the most recent installment of the Jumanji reboot, the gang returns to save one of their own, and they’re joined this time by some unexpected new players. Nicole Abellera and Jeanne McCarthy of McCarthy/Abellera Casting are the casting duo behind this 2019 sequel. They’ve recently cast Downhill, Togo, and Stuber. McCarthy and Abellara have a number of projects on the horizon, such as the star-studded adventure sci-fi Chaos Walking. Another example is the upcoming comedy Dummy, which will star Anna Kendrick. 


You can find more information here on films that performed best at the box office this weekend, according to IMDb. Who knows? If you study up and keep working hard, you might just find your own name on the cast list of future top box office films. 


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