Casting for an updated version of "Rosemary's Baby"

If there ever were a movie more ripe for update, it would be "Rosemary's Baby." As terrifying as it was for the late '60s, it now seems quite tame by modern standards (even a bit cheesy... "Hail Satan?" Really?) In the right hands with the right cast, this could really be a knockout. Here are my choices for casting.
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Carey Mulligan
Actress, Drive
Carey Hannah Mulligan is a British actress. She was born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her mother is from Llandeilo, Wales, and Carey also has Irish and English ancestry. Her first major appearance was playing Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley...
“ My first choice for the role of Rosemary Woodhouse would have to be Carey Mulligan. Not only is she an amazing actress, she is also heartbreakingly lovely and can exude fragility. I think she would be perfect for portraying the descent into madness and swirl of paranoia that made "Rosemary's Baby" so deliciously scary and believable. ” - jamesgeorgethirlwell
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Actor, Inception
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ Can this guy do any wrong? Joseph Gordon-Levitt could totally nail the role of Guy Woodhouse, plus I can just feel the chemistry between him and Carey Mulligan in my head. He's instantly likable and charming and handsome, but, more importantly, he's got the depth to portray the necessary character flaws of vanity and dogged determination to succeed at any cost (including his young wife's womb.) The original character folded to damned fast, in my opinion, so this version needs to be more conflicted about his choice to offer his wife up as Satan's baby momma. We need to see him struggle with the choice, see him twisting his logic around the rationalizations needed to move forward with the plot. ” - jamesgeorgethirlwell
Ellen Burstyn
Actress, Interstellar
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School...
“ Could anyone else portray Minnie Castevet as well as the inimitable Ruth Gordon? Well, if anyone could, it would be Ellen Burstyn. Remember her in "Requiem For A Dream?" Yeah, you can totally see her as the seemingly kooky busybody who hides a deep secret plan for Rosemary and her baby to be. She can ride that fine line between exuding hapless eccentric and crazy-assed evil. ” - jamesgeorgethirlwell
Alan Arkin
Actor, Argo
Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer. He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946 the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles...
“ Can't you just imagine Alan Arkin and Ellen Burstyn as the satanic geezers next door? Arkin could work that combo of goofiness and faded urbanity, that dapper grandpa figure who still dresses in bespoke suits decades out of fashion and regales any listener with tales from a past polished with retellings. Mostly, though? I just really wanna see Alan Arkin raise his hands to the ceiling and chant, "Hail Satan! God is dead!" ” - jamesgeorgethirlwell
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor, Capote
Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ancestry...
“ The scheming Castavets need a helper in their coven of satanists, and their man is the villainous Dr. Sapirstein, a man who pooh-poohs any notion of severity no matter how intense the pain and worry experienced by his unwitting patient, Rosemary. He's got to be believable as both the rational nurturer of a panicked woman and the skillful manipulator keeping a wary young mother in check. When I first saw "Rosemary's Baby," I instantly thought of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Dr. Sapirstein. Oh, he would own it. ” - jamesgeorgethirlwell
Michael Caine
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War...
“ Part of the terror in "Rosemary's Baby" is how alone the pregnant young mother finds herself, surrounded by people who dismiss her every fear and would rather paint her as hysterical than listen for a moment to her growing unease. She's has no one who's on her side... no one except old Hutch, her former landlord. He is kind and caring and feels deeply for Rosemary, and he becomes the only person willing to explore her notions of witches and covens and satan. When he meets his untimely end, Rosemary is truly alone. The original character of Hutch was no British, but Michael Caine would hit this role out of the park. ” - jamesgeorgethirlwell
Kathy Bates
Actress, Titanic
Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls born to Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her grandfather was author Finis L. Bates. Kathy has English, as well as Irish...
“ Nosy-rosy Minnie Castevet can't resist showing off the spidery web of intrigue she weaving around the young couple next door, and Laura-Louise is her knitting circle gossip buddy. I love Kathy Bates, and even though this role is slight, she would provide some of the best comedic scenes as much-needed pressure relief. ” - jamesgeorgethirlwell
Paul Giamatti
Actor, Sideways
Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor, Sideways, and Barney's Version (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, and San Andreas...
“ Another tiny but important role, Dr. Hill represents Rosemary's last hope of a helpful hand against the satanic noose tightening around her throat. He listens patiently, eases her fears, gains her trust, then frickin' sells her out to her betrayer husband and the devilish Castavets. Paul Giamatti can do no wrong, and he could make this small part sing. ” - jamesgeorgethirlwell
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ This re-imagining of a much-loved classic thriller must be pulled off with total sincerity and believability despite the ridiculous notion of elderly occultists setting up the rape and impregnation of their next door neighbor. He's got to make us care about the young couple, show the slow slide into paranoia of the wife and the willing duplicity of the husband. He's got to make us believe the old couple who befriends them (against their will!) exudes more mothering than malice, then the switch comes in tics and glimpses. And please... no dudes in rubber satan suits or silly dream sequences! David Fincher is the man for the job. Stylish, dark, and eerie as hell are right up his alley. ” - jamesgeorgethirlwell
Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor is an American songwriter/musician/producer and sole member of multi-platinum act Nine Inch Nails, and now an Academy Award winning film composer. He began creating music as a child in Western Pennsylvania, first on piano and then taking up other instruments. He eventually moved to Cleveland...
“ Soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Obviously. ” - jamesgeorgethirlwell