Hey, What’s Up With Topher Grace?

By Gabe Delahaye / October 14, 2009

[In this new feature, we will periodically check in to see what is up with Topher Grace.]

Last week, I spent a few days in Los Angeles. Things are very different there than they are in New York. People wear a lot more hats for one thing. There’s a very active and vibrant hat culture in Los Angeles that you don’t see as much here. In addition to so many hats, I saw two celebrities while I was there. I’m not sure if that is a good ratio or not for the amount of time spent in town. Let’s say it is average. On Sunday, I saw Michael Cera walking around Silverlake. He might have been walking with Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza, which would bring my celebrity sightings to three, but I did not look closely enough, because to look too closely is to not be very cool, and I am always so cool. And then, on Tuesday evening, I saw Ron Perlman at a sushi restaurant. That’s right, Ron Perlman. Hellboy! Eatin’ sushi! Makin’ copies! We’re basically friends now, joined in a sacred bond over our love of red snapper sashimi. I mean, we’re not friends at all. But you know what I mean.

Guess who I did not see while I was in Los Angeles? That’s right, Topher Grace. Which begs the question:

What’s up with him?

For one thing, he is going to be in a movie! Probably! Robert Rodriguez is looking to reboot the Predator franchise, and he just might give a role to our pal, Topher Grace! From Reuters:

Adrien Brody will star in “Robert Rodriguez’s Predators,” a reboot of the sci-fi franchise.

Topher Grace is in negotiations to join the action-adventure movie, to which Alice Braga (“I Am Legend”), Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (“The 4400″), Walt Goggins (“The Shield”), Rodriguez mainstay Danny Trejo and UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov have also been cast.

Negotiations! Not bad, Topher Grace! Fingers crossed. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Predator franchise, here is a Predator in his natural habitat:

But they say that when God opens a window he closes a door. So we also have some sad (very very sad) Topher News today. From Variety:

The relationship between Columbia Pictures and Gary Ross that began with his rewrite on “Spider-Man 4″ is taking a “Venom”-ous turn.

I am hearing that the studio is in talks with Ross to helm the Spidey-spinoff “Venom,” and rewrite the script.

Ross will begin writing the script as soon as he completes the “Spider-Man” film. While Venom showed up in the last Spidey installment, the intention is to start from scratch. Topher Grace played him in the last picture but the role will likely be recast.

What?! Who else could play a mostly-CGI’ed superhero villain besides every working actor in the world? Well, that is life! We can’t have it all, not even Topher Grace can!

Jeez. Well, in TN (Topher Newz), check out this fun (very very fun) little tidbit from People:

Nicky Hilton hung out with four girlfriends at Tea Room, a lounge inside h.wood in L.A. The heiress was super casual, wearing her hair pulled back and a leather jacket. Also flying under the radar: Topher Grace, who spent a good amount of time at the bar playing air guitar to a soundtrack of Guns ‘N Roses tunes.

I don’t know who Nicky Hilton is, but I am glad to see that Topher Grace still knows how to have a good time. “Guns N’ Roses is an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985.” (Via Wikipedia.) Obviously, if we had footage from that night we would post it. Unfortunately, we will all have to use our imaginations (yuck). Although it probably looked a little something like this:

But at a bar.

And, of course, That ’70s Show remains popular in syndication

And there you go. That is what is up with Topher Grace. See you next time!