Warner Bros. Head of Casting is leaving; helped cast Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill as superheroes

Lora Kennedy, Head of Casting at Warner Bros., is leaving the company after working there for nearly 20 years. During her time there she helped cast Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill as Superman. She also oversaw casting for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, as well as Suicide Squad.

Warner Bros. President of Production, Courtenay Valenti, announced the news today via an internal memo that Deadline obtained. You can read it in full below.

Dear All:

I wanted to let you know that Lora Kennedy, who has headed up our casting team for almost 20 years and been an integral part of the Warner Bros. Pictures family, will be leaving her post in the coming weeks.  As she segues into new creative ventures, we look forward to continuing to work with her.

Lora has worked on so many of our iconic films, her work reads like a catalog of Warner Bros.’ greatest hits.  She personally handled the casting for SyrianaThe TownArgo (for which she won an Artios Award and a SAG Award for best ensemble cast), Cloud AtlasMan of SteelBatman v. Superman: Dawn of JusticeWonder Woman and Justice League.

As the head of our casting department, she also oversaw the casting of such films as the Harry Potter films, the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, the Sherlock Holmesmovies, The Hangover trilogy, GravityThe DepartedMad Max: Fury RoadSuicide Squad, the first two Fantastic Beasts films and Ready Player One as well as the upcoming Ocean’s 8Aquaman and Goldfinch.  And those are just the highlights.

Her groundbreaking work in casting has been widely recognized by her peers—Lora received the Artios Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012—and by the industry at large for her key role in forming the casting branch of the Academy, for which she now serves as a Governor.

On a personal note, Lora and I have worked together for more than 20 years, and I’ve admired her talent and valued her partnership on so many films.  Our films are all the better because of Lora’s work on them.

While I will miss her in our daily staff meetings, I look forward to benefitting from her amazing taste on the movies on which we will work together going forward.

Please join me in wishing Lora all the best as she starts her next chapter.

Best regards,


SOURCE: Deadline