The cloak of secrecy surrounding the J.J. Abrams–Steven Spielberg collaboration is starting to be lifted, ever so slightly: Vulture has exclusively learned the names of the first two actors cast in Super 8 — and one of them is going to send fans of Friday Night Lights into a tizzy. Kyle Chandler, who stars as Coach Taylor on the soon-to-end DirecTV/NBC football drama, has landed a role in the film, a source with knowledge of the matter tells us. Also cast, per sources: 12-year-old Elle Fanning (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), sister of Dakota. So what will they be playing? Don't be greedy! Except for a brief trailer which debuted last May, as well as a summer 2011 release date, there's been hardly any official word about Super 8 from Bad Robot and Paramount at all, just rumors that it's about three siblings who discover footage of an alien in some Super 8 footage they shot. In May, one Internet report claimed to have found a casting notice looking for a "Female 13-14. A natural beauty — she is stunning, but not the 'cheerleader' type. Strong and confident, but has an underlying sadness. Should have a Midwestern feel." Wait, could that be Kyle Chandler's role?
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
Alec Baldwin Thinks the Post–Harvey Weinstein Movement Might Be in ‘Jeopardy of Derailing’
James Franco’s SNL Monologue Somehow Became the Opportune Time for Famous Comedians to Bitch About James Franco
What to Expect in Outlander Season 4, According to Diana Gabaldon’s Books
A Famous Actor Instructed Jessica Chastain to ‘Calm Down’ on Social Media After the Harvey Weinstein Scandal
Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Josh Homme Apologizes After Kicking Photographer In the Face
Saturday Night Live Recap: James Franco (Almost) Makes Leslie Jones Puke
The Crown Season-Finale Recap: Shut Up, Philip
The Crown Recap: Elizabeth Learns a Lesson About Nazis
What’s New on Netflix: December 2017
Katie Couric Is ‘Incredibly’ Upset Over the Allegations Against Matt Lauer
Latest News from VultureJessica Chastain and Aaron Sorkin Make Molly’s Game a Rouser
As a director, Sorkin puts you in the mood to hear actors talk very fast — and Chastain and co-star Idris Elba are virtuoso very-fast talkers.Lakeith Stanfield Wants to Keep You Guessing What Atlanta’s Season 2 Premiere Date Might Be
At least we know Atlanta is coming back for Season 2 at some point. No one can take that away from us.Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Josh Homme Apologizes After Kicking Photographer In the Face
Photographer Chelsea Lauren was shooting the band’s set at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas when the incident occurred.Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans Invite Knoxville Boy to Avengers: Infinity War Premiere After Bullying Video Goes Viral
Mark Hamill (and many, many others) also offered their support after an anti-bullying video posted by the boy’s mother went viral.Alexander Payne Is Supersizing His Artistic Ambitions With a Very Tiny Comedy
With Downsizing, the director mines the comedy in the microscopic.The Outlander Family Tree: A Complete Guide to the Major Characters
A Who’s Who of the Frasers, the MacKenzies, and the Randalls.Outlander’s Lotte Verbeek on the Season 3 Finale, That Bloody Cave Scene, and Why Geillis Isn’t a Witch
“She’s batshit crazy, but she’s not a witch.”What to Expect in Outlander Season 4, According to Diana Gabaldon’s Books
The Droughtlander is real, people!Outlander Season-Finale Recap: The Tempest
Even for Outlander, this finale is a lot.Keegan-Michael Key Gives Female Comedian Proper Credit for That ‘Treat Women Like the Rock’ Joke
The Friends From College star offered a mea culpa after fans recognized the bit from comedian Anne Victoria Clark’s viral sexual-harassment essay.
The actor had a big, controversial presence on Twitter this week.The Crown Season-Finale Recap: Shut Up, Philip
Was Prince Philip involved in the Profumo affair?Leslie Jones Goes Through Quite a Journey Trying Not to Throw Up in This SNL Sketch
You would understand why.Thom Yorke and BB-8 Had a Glorious Meeting of the Minds
Bleep bleep bloop bleep.Jessica Jones Season 2 Teaser: Our Barracuda Is Back!
It’s returning in March.The Crown Recap: School Days
“Paterfamilias” is a truly devastating episode.James Franco’s SNL Monologue Somehow Became the Opportune Time for Famous Comedians to Bitch About James Franco
Too bad they’re more excited to see SZA.The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Recap: Do You Have a Dick?
Midge is finally paying her dues as a comedian.SNL’s Santa Claus Is Making a List, Checking It Twice, and Dealing With the Most Politically Charged Gift Requests of All Time
Since when do kids want embassies in Tel Aviv?Saturday Night Live Recap: James Franco (Almost) Makes Leslie Jones Puke
The Disaster Artist star really commits to his fourth SNL hosting gig.