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Casting Corner: Marion Cotillard, Tim Robbins and More

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

Marion Cotillard: The Nine beauty and fellow Academy Award winner Kate Winslet are in discussions for Contagion, a project from Steven Soderbergh. The film, already featuring Soderbergh fave Matt Damon and Jude Law, will have multiple storylines centered around the threat of a deadly disease. Shooting should begin sometime this year.

Rachel Weisz: The Oscar winner will be joining Daniel Craig in Dream House, a Jim Sheridan-directed thriller. In the movie, Rachel and Daniel play a married couple who move into what they believe to be an idyllic New England house. Unfortunately, the home once served as a murder scene for a mother and her children. Naomi Watts will costar.

Tim Robbins: Susan Sarandon’s ex is climbing aboard the Green Lantern adaptation. Although he doesn’t appear to be old enough, Robbins has been cast as Senator Hammond, the father of villain Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard). Production on the film is scheduled to start next month. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) will direct.

Sam Worthington: The Avatar star will journey from Pandora to the Gulf Coast region for Texas Killing Fields, a film to be helmed by Ami Canaan Mann. The movie is based on two real-life police officers who attempt to solve a string of missing persons and homicide cases - approximately 60 of them - in the area. Michael Mann, Ami’s father, will serve as a producer.

Taylor Lautner: The New Moon star will have to loosen up for his lead role in Stretch Armstrong, Universal’s 3-D adaptation of the Hasbro game. In the film, Lautner’s spy character will accidentally come across a stretching formula which he will then incorporate into his work. The movie is expected to open in 2012.

Michelle Williams: The Shutter Island actress will work alongside Seth Rogen in Take this Waltz, a new film from Sarah Polley (Away From Her). The romantic comedy, also written by Polley, will tell the tale of a woman involved in a love triangle. The other man has yet been named. Filming will start this summer.

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