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Casting Corner: Jodie Foster, Zooey Deschanel and More

Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster

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

Jodie Foster: The actress will reteam with her Maverick costar later this fall for a quirky comedy. Mel Gibson has been cast as depressed man who treats his beaver hand puppet like a real person. Foster will play his wife, the other real person in his life. Jodie will also helm The Beaver, her first directorial project since 1995’s Home for the Holidays.

Zooey Deschanel: The actress will follow her (500) Days of Summer release with a journey to Ireland. There, she will join Your Highness, a comedy that David Gordon Green will direct. Green’s Eastbound & Down star, Danny McBride, will play a lazy prince who is on a journey to save his father’s kingdom while James Franco will serve as McBride’s heroic sibling. Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel have been cast to play their respective love interests. Shooting starts this month.

Hope Davis: A film about the relationship between former President Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid) and Tony Blair will now have a new first lady. Hope Davis is stepping in for Julianne Moore (who had other commitments) to play Hillary Clinton. The HBO Films movie will have Michael Sheen once again playing the British Prime Minister. The Queen‘s screenwriter, Peter Morgan, will also be penning The Special Relationship.

Patrick Dempsey: The Grey’s Anatomy star won’t be needing a change of clothes for his next gig. He’s just been cast as an obstetrician in Valentine’s Day, an ensemble piece from Garry Marshall. The movie - which already boasts Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacLaine, Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, Emma Roberts and Hector Elizondo - will also feature Eric Dane, another Grey‘s actor.

Tobey Maguire: A scheduling conflict means the Spider-Man star will be filling in for James McAvoy next month. Maguire will join Elizabeth Banks in Seattle for filming on The Details, a black comedy about a troubled marriage and an annoying raccoon problem. Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Laura Linney and Anna Friel will costar.

Nicole Kidman: The Oscar winner will soon be moving on from Rabbit Hole to a film titled Little Bee. The movie, which is an adaptation of a Chris Cleave novel, centers around a British couple who befriends a Nigerian orphan in Africa after venturing too far from their resort. Kidman will also add a producer credit to her name.

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