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Jason Statham, Elizabeth Banks, Logan Lerman, Joshua Jackson and others find work.

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Director Taylor Hackford is trying to woo Jason Statham tostar in the upcoming thriller Parker, based on the series of books by Donald Westlake, about a thief and sometimes killer who lives by a strict code of ethics. (Variety)
Elizabeth Banks is in talks to take the role of Effie Trinket in big-screen adaptation of The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. The film also added Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi to the cast. (Variety)
Thomas "Hung" Jane will partner with Sly Stallone for Headshot, a film being directed by the great Walter Hill, about a New Orleans hitman and an NYPD cop who team up to find the people behind two murders. (Jo Blo)
Joshua Jackson has joined the cast of Lay the Favorite, starring Rebecca Hall and Bruce Willis, about real-life Vegas success story Beth Raymer, who climbed her way from cocktail waitress to oddsmaker. (Variety)
Logan Lerman will be The Only Living Boy in New York, a film being directed by Seth Gordon about a kid who learns that his father is having an affair, only to fall for the woman himself, before turning to a weird neighbor for advice. (Deadline)
Tim Roth wants to direct again, and is hoping to get Sam Rockwell to play the lead in adaptation of Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk, a memoir by Marc Parent, about his time as a social worker in New York City. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Mark Wahlberg is producing and may star in When Corruption Was King , about a mob lawyer who turns cheese eater. And he’s signed on to star in a remake of Billy Jack. Variety and (The Tracking Board)
Ellen Page has joined Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin and Penelope Cruz in Woody Allen’s as yet untitled film to be set in Rome, which starts shooting later this year. (Variety)
Michael Stuhlbarg has replaced Sharlto Copley in Men in Black III, as a fast-talking Yoda-like alien. The film stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Alice Eve and Jemaine Clement . ( The Hollywood Reporter )
Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to play Miss Havisham in director Mike Newell’s take on Charles Dickinson’s Great Expectations. Jeremy Irvine, who’s about to become famous for his role in War Horse, is in talks to play Pip. Rowan Joffe (The American is working on a script. ( Variety )
James McAvoy will star in the British crime thriller Welcome to the Punch, as a cop whose arch nemesis comes out of the woodwork after a five-year hiatus. (The Playlist)
Former Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko has joined the cast of The Expatriate , which stars Aaron Eckhart as an ex-CIA agent and Liana Liberato as his daughter, and follows them as they go on the run from a team of hitmen. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Patton Oswald has joined the cast of Odd Thomas, starring Anton Yelchin as a young man who can communicate with the dead, with Addison Timlin as his girlfriend and Willem Dafoe as the chief of police. (Variety)
Kate Bosworth will play Billie, the woman who comes between Josh Lucas as Jack Kerouac and Jean-Marc Barr as Neal Cassidy in director Michael Polish adaptation of Kerouac’s Big Sur. (Deadline)
Michael C. Hall and Vera Farmiga wil co-star in Love, Scotch and Death, a loosely autobiographical film by <i.Dexter creator James Manos, Jr, in which a man must deal with his parents’ death, an assault arrest and the death of his wife’s dog. (Deadline)
Steven Spielberg likes Sally Field, he really likes her! For the role of Mary Todd Lincoln for the director’s biopic about the 16th president, Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. (24 Frames)
Modern Family star Sofia Vergara will play a femme fatale—go figure—in The Three Stooges, which has Will Sasso as Curly and Sean Hayes as Larry, but still needs a Moe. (Variety)
Tim Roth has joined the cast of Arbitrage, director Andrew Jarecki’s film about a hedge fund manager, played by Richard Gere, who gets in over his head. Also stars Susan Sarandon, Eva Green, Brit Marling and Aubrey Graham, aka the rapper Drake. (Variety)
Thandie Newton will star alongside writer-director Tyler Perry in Good Deeds, a romantic drama about a wealthy engaged man who falls for poor single mother. (The Wrap)
William Fincher, the only person to come out of Drive Angry with his dignity intact, has signed on for <District 9 director Neil Blonkamp’s Elysium and <Rubber director Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong. (Variety)
Maggie Grace has agreed to return as Liam Neeson’s daughter for Taken 2. How many times can this poor girl be kidnapped? (Deadline)
Ex-marine Rob Riggle is in talks to play the bad guy in Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s upcoming film adaptation of the hit TV show 21 Jump Street. (Heat Vision)
Dreamboat Zac Efron will star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (which made the 2007 Blacklist), as a guy who travels to Eastern Europe, where he falls for a beautiful young woman, only to have her mobster ex-boyfriend come between them.
Logan Marshall-Green has joined Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, a film that started out as an Alien prequel, before taking on a life of its own.
A few weeks after it was rumored she'd be playing Mary Todd in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," it turns out that Robin McLeavy will instead star as our 16th president's mother.
Indie demi-god John Hawkes will star in Surrogate, as Mark O'Brien, the real-life journalist who spent most of his life confined to an iron lung due to polio, but ventured out long enough to hire a sex surrogate, forging an unexpected relationship.
No stranger to dubious plots, Brendan Fraser will star in A Whole Lotta a Sole, from writer-director Terry George (In the Name of the Father), about a guy who tries to cover his gambling debts by robbing a fish shop, only to have it turn into a hostage situation.
Michael Ealy will star opposite Kate Beckinsale in the fourth Underworld film, as a cop who at first hunts her down only to end up joining forces with her.
Alessandro Nivola will star in A Single Shot, a thriller about a man who accidentally kills a woman while poaching deer on a nature preserve. He joins a cast that already includes Emily Mortimer, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis and Juno Temple.
Malin Akerman is rumored to be starring in Wildwood Inn, about two couples who meet via the guest book of the vacation home they each rented, and susequently fall for each others' partners.
Jeffrey Donovan will play Robert F. Kennedy in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the notorious lawman.
Juliette Lewis will star alongside Chloe Moretz in Hick, about a young girl who runs away from the Midwest for the bright lights of Vegas. Lewis has also joined Juno Temple and Emily Mortimer for Single Shot, about a man who accidentally kills a woman while hunting for deer, then stumbles upon a sack of money while trying to hide the body. Variety.
John Cusack is off to Argentina to shoot Dictablanda, a screwball political comedy with the cheery tagline "People don't die, they get killed."
Brie Larson, of United States of Tara, has landed the female lead opposite Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube for the big screen adaptation of 21 Jump Street.
Alec Baldwin, aka Jack Donaghy, will play ex-rocker and club owner Dennis Dupree alongside Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige and Julianna Hough in Rock of Ages, the film version of the hit Broadway musical.
Olivia Thirlby and Julianne Moore have joined Paul Dano and Robert De Niro for the film adaptation of Another Bulls*** Night In Suck City, Nick Flynn's memoir about a guy who reconnects with his father when the old man shows up at the homeless shelter where his son works. Film Stage
Julianne Hough is in talks to join Tom Cruise and Mary J. Blige in the cast of the film adaptation of "Rock of Ages," the hit Broadway show comprised of '80s rock anthems. Variety
Rhys Ifans and Christ Pratt are joining Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and Alison Brie for Five-Year Engagement, which director Nicholas Stoller co-wrote with Segel. Variety
Catherine Zeta-Jones plans to join Rebecca Hall and Bruce Willis in Lay the Favorite, based on the memoir of a young woman who becomes a Vegas bookmaker. Deadline
As a thank you for all the money he's made for them, Paramount is looking to cast Johnny Knoxville in First Man, as the guy married to the first female president. Additionally, their re-figuring the crime comedy Mustache Riders for Knoxville, fellow Jackasses Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn, and Willie Nelson. Deadline
Pierce Brosnan will star in All You Need Is Love , an upcoming romcom form director Susan Bier, whose most recent film In a Better World just won Best Foreign Film at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars. 24 Frames
Sienna Miller will star in Just Like a Woman, as a Chicago housewife who runs off to Vegas with her belly dancing teacher to enter a competition. Deadline
Community star Alison Brie has joined the cast of Five-Year Engagement, starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel in a film that follows a couple‘s long slow march to the altar. Brie will be playing Blunt’s little sister, meaning she’s gonna have to work on her British accent. Variety
Rinko Kikuchi (Brothers Bloom, above) Tadanobu Asano, Kou Shibasaki, and Hiroyuki Sanada have signed on for 47 Ronin, which stars Keanu Reeves, about a band of shamed samurai out to avenge the death of their master. Variety
Woody Tom Hanks and Buzz Tim Allen are said to be interested in bringing the Disney amusement park ride Jungle Cruise to the big screen in a live-action feature. Deadline
Malin Akerman will star opposite Nic Cage in Medallion, about a man who only has a few hours to find his daughter, who’s been kidnapped and stuffed in the trunk of a New York City cab. The Hollywood Reporter
Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star in End of Watch, a drama about to longtime partners on the police force. The film will be written and directed by David Ayer, writer of Training Day. Variety
Eleanor Tomlinson will star opposite Nicholas Hoult in Jack the Giant Killer, a retelling of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk, from director Bryan Singer. The Hollywood Reporter
Mandy Moore, the voice behind Rapunzel in Tangled, will star opposite Rodrigo Santoro (Lost) in Falling Slowly, about a couple whose apartment is haunted. The film will be the directorial debut from Buried writer Chris Sparling, Slash Film
Javier Bardem is “locked in psychologically. He really wants to do it, so we’re absolutely rooting for him to” take the lead role in The Dark Tower, based on the Stephen King series, according to producer Brian Glazer. MTV
Stephen Root has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” playing a Arthur Koehler, the wood forensics expert who helped send Bruno Hauptman to the electric chair for kidnapping the Lindbergh baby. (Variety)
James Marsden and Patrick Wilson will co-star in a remake of the 2008 Belgian thriller The Loft, about a group of men who rent a loft together to use for sexual encounters. When a dead woman’s body shows up in their new place, things get a understandably tense. (Variety)
Giovanni Ribisi will co-star with Mark Wahlberg on Ted, from writer-director Seth McFarlane, it’s the story of a man who childhood teddy bear comes to life and becomes famous. (/Film)
Peter Stormare and Ingrid Bolso Berdal have joined the cast of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. (Variety)
Abigail Breslin is joining Julianne Moore in Innocence, about teenage girl whose father starts dating the nurse at her Manhattan high school, which happens to be infested with vampires. Variety
Wentworth Miller, formerly of Prison Break, will be starring in Analog, from writer-director Mike Million, about a shy genius who goes looking for love in a digital world. The script made the 2005 Blacklist of the best unproduced stories in Hollywood.
Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Walken, “Twilight”-er Ashley Greene and Adam Beach have joined The Boom Boom Room, about an old vaudeville couple awaiting the return of the daughter they forced to give up so many years ago. Bono and Win Wenders are executive producers. The Playlist
Jeremy Irons and Kim Cattrall will star in The Treehouse, set in pre-WW I Germany, the film tells the story of “a failed student, his glamorous cousin, her mother and the student's father.” The Hollywood Reporter
Eddie Izzard and John Turturro will be lending their voices to Cars 2, as Miles Axelrod, a former oil tycoon who’s had himself converted to an electric vehicle, and Francesco Bernoulli, Lightning McQueen’s new rival.
The rumors were true—Tom Cruise will be playing Jaxx in the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages. We’ve been waiting to hear Cruise sing Bo Jovi our entire lives… (The Hollywood Reporter)
Jennifer Lawrence is wasting no time parlaying the buzz from Winter’s Bone. With X-Men, Like Crazy and The Beaver on the way, she’s just agreed to star in Oliver Stone’s adaptation of Savages, about a woman dating two marijuana dealers who gets kidnapped by a rival and held for ransom. (Deadline)
Attention, casting director’s outgoing California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is open for business! “Exciting news. My friends at [Creative Artists Agency] have been asking me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today,” tweeted the Governator.
Just a day after casting his villain and a giant for Jack the Giant Killer, Bryan Singer has signed Nicholas Hoult as the hero of his upcoming film. (Deadline)
Emma Watson is in talks to star opposite her tent-pole competitor Taylor Lautner in Incarceron, based on Catherine Fisher’s novel about a boy trapped in a prison who joins forces with the warden’s daughter to make a break for freedom. (Just Jared)
Bruce Willis hopes to join Rebecca Hall in Lay the Favorite, based on Beth Raymor’s memoir, which recounts her time learning the fine art of Vegas bookmaking from Dink Heimowitz. (Vulture) Ph: Frank Masi, SMPSP Copyright 2010 Summit Entertainment LLC. All rights reserved.
Gone will star Amanda Seyfried as a young woman who returns one night from work to find her kid sister’s bed empty, and becomes convinced it’s the work of a serial killer that abducted two years earlier. (The Hollywood Reporter)
The last time Christian Bale worked with Brad Anderson, the director made him lose more than 60 pounds for The Machinist. Nonetheless, he’s planning a reunion for Concrete Island, based on the JG Ballard novel, about a wealthy man who gets stranded on an island. Sounds like another crap diet for Bale. (Shock Till You Drop)
With the release of Drive Angry 3D right around the corner, star Amber Heard is rumored to be in the running to take the title role in Red Sonja, a role that long ago slipped through Rose McGowan’s fingers. (Empire)
Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce and Mia Wasikowska are heading to the Wettest County in the World, the new film from John Hillicoat (The Proposition) which already stars Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy about a family of Depression Era bootleggers. (Fill School Rejects)
Rooney Mara is again joining forces with Tanner Hall director Francesca Gregorini, this time for Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes, about woman who becomes obsessed with her new neighbor who looks exactly like her dead mother. (The Playlist)
Michael Cera is so committed to working with The Maid director Sebastian Silva, that he’s learning Spanish for a role in his upcoming film that takes place in Chile. (The Playlist)
Best known for his role in Snabba Cash, Fares Fares will next play the heavy opposite Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington in Safe House. (Latino Review)
Bryan Singer (X-Men) has brought Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy on board for Jack the Giant Killer, who will play the bad guy and the giant, respectively. The role of Jack remains uncast. (The Wrap)
Sweet lovable Julia Roberts will be going dark in her next film, playing the Evil Queen in director Tarsem Singh’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. (Deadline)
And Julia’s Eat, Pray, Love co-star Richard Jenkins has joined the cast of Cogna’s Trade, a starring Brad Pitt as a mob tough guy hunting down the men who robbed a high-stakes poker game. (Variety)
There’s a Sex and the City prequel in the works based on Candance Bushnell’s The Carrie Diaries, and a rumor floating around that they want Blake Lively to star. Of course they do. Just say no, Blake, you proved in The Town that you’re better than that. (/Film)
Anton Yelchin is starring in Stephen Sommers’ adaptation of Dean Koontz’ Odd Thomas, about a man who can see and talk to the dead, but they can’t talk to him. (Bloody Disgusting)
Dakota Fanning will star in Girl’s Night Out as a teenaged Princess Margaret on V.E. Day, 1945, one of the rare evenings she and her sister, now Queen Elizabeth, were allowed to hit the town and party with the common people. (Variety)
Richard Gere is poised to sign on play a hedge fund manager scrambling for survival in Arbitrage, from director Nicholas Jarecki. Susan Sarandon and Eva Green co-star. (Deadline)
Having made magic with David Frankel in The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep is reuniting with the director for an adaptation of Great Hope Springs, about a couple who go into intensive therapy after 30 years of marriage. (Collider)
It’s been years since she made a decent movie, but we’ve still got a soft spot for Famke Janssen, who will play the leader of a coven opposite joining Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. (The Playlist)
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