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All You Need to Know About Six Major Movie News Stories In the Fewest Words Possible

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 23, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 23, 2011 |

  • After a decade-long hiatus in filmmaking, Warren Beaty is returning to write, direct, and star in a movie about Howard Hughes, concerning an “affair Hughes had with a young woman in the later years of his life.” It’s being described as possibly a comedy, and the supporting cast could include some or all of these players: Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Shia La Beouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood, Rooney Mara, and (his wife) Annette Bening. (Deadline)
  • Tom Wilkinson is in talk to join The Lone Ranger. He’d play a railroad tycoon. Armie Hammer has already been cast as the lead, while Johnny Depp will play Tonto in the film to be directed by Gore Verbenski. (Variety)
  • Natalie Portman passed on the role, and Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, and Scarlett Johansson were all possibilities, but an offer has now been made to Emma Stone for the lead in Pride Prejudice and Zombies, which will be directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night remake, Lars and the Real Girl. (Heat Vision)
  • Jamie Foxx, sadly, has been confirmed for the title role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained after Will Smith passed and Idris Elba opted for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim with Charlie Hunnam. Tarantino’s film centers on a freed slave (Foxx) who joins forces with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) as part of a plan to save the former’s love from an evil plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). (Variety)
  • Alex Tse (Watchmen) has been hired to write the script for The Crow remake, which already has Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). Bradley Cooper (hahahahahaha) is currently attached to play the lead.
  • Isla Fisher has signed on, Jennifer Lopez is in talks, and Cameron Diaz has already been cast along with possibly Matthew Morisson in What to Expect When You’re Expecting from director Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee), which will follow six couples expecting babies. The Playlist is also reporting that, contrary to earlier reports, Ed Helms is not in the film. (Vulture)

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