Casting call: James Marsden buddies up with Easter Bunny, Naomi Watts moves into 'Dream House'

james-marsden-gi-320.jpgJames Marsden, who was last seen in the mystery thriller "The Box," will move to lighter fare.

The actor has joined Russell Brand in the live action/CGI comedy "I Hop" directed by "Alvin and the Chipmunks'" Tim Hill, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I Hop" follows unemployed slacker Fred (Marsden) who must put up with the cranky Easter Bunny (voiced by Brand) as a roommate after he accidentlly injures him. Naturally, both grow in the process.

Marsden next appears in the "Death at a Funeral" remake, hitting theaters in April and the "Straw Dogs" remake.

Other movie casting news:

 - Naomi Watts will join the Jim Sheridan-directed thriller "Dream House," which has already cast Daniel Craig as the patriarch of a family that moves into a home in small town Connecticut. They discover, however, that a family that lived there previously had been slaughtered, possibly by that family's father that survived. Watts will play a neighbor of the family.

 - Isla Fisher, Andy Serkis and Tom Wilkerson will join the grisly "Burke and Hare," based on the true story of gravediggers who were also serial killers who sold the corpses of their victims to a medical college. Simon Pegg has already been cast as William Burke, while Serkis will play opposite him as William Hare.

Fisher will play an actress who is dating Burke, while Wilkinson will be Dr. Robert Knox, an anatomy lecturer looking to procure some cadavers for study.

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