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Casting Corner: Harrison Ford, Reese Witherspoon, Gerard Butler and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Harrison Ford: Indiana Jones will be soon be revisiting comedy in a film co-produced by J.J. Abrams. The 66-year-old will star as a news anchor recruited to work on a low-rated morning talk show. Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes) is in talks to play the producer who must handle Ford and his rival/cohost. No start date has been announced for Morning Glory.

Reese Witherspoon: The Oscar winner is planning to team up with an Academy Award-winning director for an as-yet-untitled comedy. James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment) will be responsible for both directing and writing the film. Although much isn’t known about the ensemble project, production on the Columbia Pictures film is expected to start in March.

Jennifer Lopez: Sometimes it’s just best to stick with what you know. The new mother of twins just has agreed to star as…a soon-to-be mother of twins. In Plan B, Lopez will play a single woman who decides to try artificial insemination. As luck would have it, she just happens to meet The One the same day she successfully conceives twins. No director or actor has yet been attached to the romantic comedy.

Hilary Swank: The two-time Academy Award winner will once again stray from Oscar-worthy material in an upcoming thriller. In The Resident, Swank will play a doctor who suspects she isn’t alone in her new home. Turns out there is a good reason for that: her landlord is a stalker. Filming begins next May.

Keanu Reeves: The Day the Earth Stood Still star will be abandoning his world of sci-fi to jump back into time. In 47 Ronin, a group of samurai swordsmen - which includes Reeves - avenges the death of their master. The plotline is based on a true 18th century Japanese tale.

Gerard Butler: The 300 hunk is in negotiations to play Jennifer Aniston’s former husband in a new film by Andy Tennant (Hitch). Butler would star as a bounty hunter tasked with locating his bail jumping ex-wife. If both players jump on board, they’ll begin the untitled project sometime around May.

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