super 8 casting kyle chandler elle fanning

It appears that we have our first two official cast members, if these other sites are to be believed. Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler have supposedly been cast in Super 8, but there isn't really anything 100% official yet. Vulture reported this the other day and I wanted to wait a few days to see if something more official was released regarding this, but since nothing has come out either way I figured it was worthy of a post.

Elle Fanning is, of course, Dakota Fanning's sister and has been in such movies as Deja Vu with Denzel Washington and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. If she's as talented as her sister, I think this is a pretty good casting choice and I think she'll work well.

Kyle Chandler is probably best known for his role on the TV show Friday Night Lights, but he's also been in movies like King Kong, The Kingdom and The Day the Earth Stood Still. I actually don't recall him from the movies and I don't watch Friday Night Lights, but from what you guys have said in the comments and from what I've read elsewhere, this is also another good casting choice.

So there you have it, the first casting rumors surrounding Super 8, and they appear to be pretty solid. Hopefully this is legit and official, but who knows. I would still take it all with a grain of salt until there has been an official announcement, but from my experience, Vulture is pretty good with their sources.

source: Vulture

UPDATE: Word on the street (thanks to Singularity7) is that Kyle Chandler was seen shadowing the chief of police in Weirton this week learning the ins and outs of a day in the life of a small town cop. So if the rumors are true chances are pretty good that he's going to be playing a police officer/chief in Super 8.

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12 Responses to “Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler Join Super 8”

  1. I would argue that Kyle Chandler is best known for Early Edition. I could be wrong, as I know that Friday Night Lights is popular, Early Edition just seems to have made the rounds more by this point.

    Personally I also know Kyle Chandler as the bomb carrier in Grey’s Anatomy…. a pretty unforgettable role.

    Elle fanning has been acting as her older sister’s younger double in movies for a long time. Not sure if she’s as good as her older sister yet, but I think she’s probably pretty close. She did a great job in The Nines, but the best judge of her talent would probably be Phoebe in Wonderland, though I haven’t bothered to watch that yet.

    • admin says:

      Great comment Garrett! I’m not familiar with Early Edition so maybe people will recognize Chandler from that, I’m just not one of them. And I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy 🙂 … but either way, I’m sure he’ll be a solid edition to the cast if these rumors are true.

    • jordyn says:

      i agree i would no him best from early edition

  2. TSTRAUT says:

    Wow… Abrams is being a lot more open about this than I expected. My friends say it’s E.T. 2 or something. It better not be

  3. …and this is the sister of Dakota Fanning! I have my celebrity crush on her 😉 so I’m definetly going to see this at Midnight!

  4. Spencer says:

    I’m thinking that Kyle Chandler might be a possible candidate for “Coop” Cooper. Thoughts?

  5. Jono says: some more casting info, noah emmerich is the latest actor on the scene

  6. Kate says:

    It’s so awesome Super 8 is being filmed in my city, Weirton, WV, clear to the end of October. Tomorrow night (Sept 24th) they’re burning down a house. The last few nights they’ve been blowing up structures of which you can hear echo throughout the valley. Oh, and JJ Abrams looks sooooo cute in person!!!!!!!!

    Please, if you can come to Weirton to see first hand live shooting, come and enjoy. I know I sure am!

  7. Been out watching filming and it is very exciting! Can’t wait to see more.
    Can’t wait to see the movie…..this is exposive!
    Wish I was a part of it.

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