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Vinessa Shaw The Latest To Swallow Steven Sodernbergh's Bitter Pill

Casting continues on Steven Soderbergh’s medical thriller Bitter Pill. According to Deadline, Vinessa Shaw has been added to an ensemble that currently includes Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum and Jude Law.

Shaw most recently appeared in Big Miracle alongside Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, though she also lists the Western remake 3:10 to Yuma, Eyes Wide Shut, Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda and the brilliant Hocus Pocus on her acting resume. She’ll play Law’s wife in Soderbergh’s film, which casts the Contagion co-star as a doctor who strikes up a strange relationship with a troubled patient (Mara) who is ingesting disturbing levels of prescription drugs. The reason for her abuse? She’s extremely anxious about the pending release of her husband (Tatum) from prison.

Bitter Pill reunites Soderbergh once again with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, who penned Contagion and The Informant! for the legendary indie director. Half of the cast has experience working with Soderbergh, though he usually creates such a warm rapport with whomever he casts that he’s able to get what he needs from a performance and fit it into his strategy. Just look at Gina Carano, who broke out in Haywire earlier this year. She should only do Soderbergh movies from here on out.

Bitter Pill reportedly is going to do for the prescription-drug industry what Contagion did for hand sanitizers, taking a molecule of suspense and expanding it to a global level just to terrify us, the audience. It’s shaping up to be an exciting cast, though we’ll have to wait until 2013 to see what they put together.

Sean O'Connell
Sean O'Connell

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