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Casting Corner: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Colbert and More

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie: Has the Robocop reboot finally found its villain? The House star is in talks to portray "an ultra-rich CEO of Omnicorp, the company that makes Robocop" in the film, set to be directed by Jose Padilha. Laurie will act opposite Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman.

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Ben Kingsley in Talks for Ender’s Game

Ben KingsleySir Ben Kingsley is in talks to join Ender's Game. The British actor would appear alongside his Hugo co-star Asa Butterfield should he sign up to the project, an adaptation of the sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card.

The book tells the tale of an earth under attack from an insect-like alien species, where bullied youngster Ender Wiggin (Asa) proves to have hidden talents which could help save the human race. Ben would play a former war hero who is presumed to be long-dead in the movie, which is being produced by Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gavin Hood is directing the project, which is set to go into production in February 2012, although no release date is yet planned.

Oscar-winner Ben - who can currently be seen in Martin Scorsese's family film Hugo - has a number of roles set to hit cinemas in 2012, including a part in Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator.


Sacha Baron Cohen Joins Les Miserables

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen is set to star in Les Miserables.

The Hugo actor - who is best known for comedy roles in films including Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan and Bruno - will play Monsieur Thenardier in the forthcoming musical, which will be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper.

Sacha rounds of a huge cast for the film, which includes Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Russell Crowe. Glee actress Lea Michele is also in the frame for a part, playing Eponine, although Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson are also said to be vying for the character.

Tom - who won an Academy Award last year for his work on The King's Speech - recently confessed the movie would be shot in 2-D instead of 3-D, although he had flirted with the idea.


Hilary Duff Dropped From Bonnie and Clyde Remake

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Classics, Drama, Remakes, Casting, Celeb News,

Hilary Duff next to Faye Dunaway as Bonnie

Hilary Duff has been dropped from a remake of Bonnie and Clyde. The 23-year-old actress had been due to play Bonnie Parker in indie movie The Story of Bonnie and Clyde alongside Kevin Zegers as Clyde, but the pair have now both been removed due to neither being available until next year.

"While production has been pushed several times due to financial, scheduling and other factors such as tornados devastating some of our locations, we are currently gearing up to star production later this year. Unfortunately we are now faced with scheduling conflicts with our leads Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers. We were told that Duff would not be available until June 2012 and that Zegers would not be available until January of the new year. Due to our obligations with investors and international buyers it is imperative that we stick to our current schedule. Therefore we are forced to explore other options for the two lead roles. Unfortunately this happens all the time in the world of filmmaking," producers Tonya Holly and Tom Rogers confirmed in a statement.

It is not known who is in line to take over the leading roles.


Lindsay Lohan Fired, Re-Hired on Gotti Film

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Biopics, Casting, Upcoming Releases,

Lindsay Lohan

Around 1 pm on Wednesday, People announced that Lindsay Lohan would no longer be playing Victoria Gotti in the new flick Gotti: Three Generations. Producer Marc Fiore released a statement saying “She is no longer being considered. The talks have stopped. We are going to meet with other people.” He said they just “couldn’t reach terms.”

But before two hours had passed, TMZ broke the news that she’ll be in the film after all. No, Linds won’t be playing Victoria Gotti. Now, she’ll be playing the role of John Gotti Jr.’s daughter-in-law Kim Albanese, daughter of an alleged associate of the Gambino crime family.

TMZ says that Lindsay agreed to act in Mob Street, a different Fiore-produced film, to seal the deal. Linds looks a lot like Victoria Gotti when her red locks are bleached blonde, but she bears marked little resemblance to brunette Kim. Follow the jump to view a few Gotti family pictures.

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Casting Corner: Ashley Judd, Jeremy Renner and More

Ashley Judd

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

Ashley Judd: The actress will return to the big screen in Flypaper, an indie project being helmed by The Forbidden Kingdom‘s Rob Minkoff. Judd replaces the originally-cast Liv Tyler in the bank heist film. The movie written by The Hangover‘s Jon Lucas and Scott Moore also includes Patrick Dempsey and Tim Blake Nelson.

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Casting Corner: Patrick Dempsey, Drew Barrymore and More

Patrick Dempsey

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

Patrick Dempsey: Michael Bay has paged Dr. Shepherd for next year’s Transformers 3. Not much is known about Dempsey’s “darker character,” but the Grey’s Anatomy hunk will reportedly serve as Megan Fox’s boss. That’s probably all he needs to know.

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Casting Corner: Julie Christie, Kevin Bacon and More

Julie Christie

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

Julie Christie: The Away from Her star and Gary Oldman are both in talks to join The Girl With the Red Riding Hood, a “gothic” adaptation of the classic tale. Amanda Seyfried has already been cast in the Catherine Hardwicke-directed film as the woman who is terrorized by a werewolf in a medieval village. Christie would play Seyfried’s grandmother while Oldman hunts down the animal. Max Irons and Shiloh Fernandez will co-star.

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Angelina Jolie Rumored for Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent Role

Angelina Jolie and Maleficent

Right now, is busy working with actor Johnny Depp on their upcoming film The Tourist. Some time down the line, she may also find herself paired up with her co-star’s favorite director.

According to a report, the Oscar winning actress could be tapping into her darker side to play Maleficent in Disney’s live-action adaptation of . In the classic tale, the evil fairy godmother is responsible for putting Princess Aurora into a 100-year sleep. The updated version - being written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) - would tell the story from the villainess’ perspective.

If cast, Jolie may work , the man behind Disney’s wildly successful Alice in Wonderland adaptation. Although Burton’s name has been rumored for the project for some time now, he has not yet formally committed himself to the movie.

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Casting Corner: Liam Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver and More

Liam HemsworthSigourney Weaver

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

Sigourney Weaver: She’s already taken on ghosts, aliens and Saturday Night Live—so now it’s time for Weaver to tackle her latest challenge: vampires. In Amy Heckerling’s Vamps, Weaver will actually reign as the queen over two young vampires (Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) who, unfortunately, find love - and potential mortality - while enjoying New York’s nightlife. Shooting may begin next month.

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