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Biz Break: Ben Affleck's Directorial Debut Was A Huge Turd, Plus Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Wiig Land New Gigs

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 20, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 20, 2013 |

According to THR, Jason Clarke — he of Zero Dark Thirty and Chicago Code, and he who should be one of the more popular character actors of the future — has joined Dawn of the Planet of the Apes the sequel to the unexpected hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which will see Matt Reeves take over the director’s chair from Rupert Wyatt.

Speaking of Rupert Wyatt, according to Deadline, he may be taking over the movie version of The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington after Nicholas Winding Refn vacated the project.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence is set to become David O. Russell’s new muse. After the success of The Silver Linings Playbook, Lawrence will cameo in Russell’s next film, and then Russell’s next next film, The Ends of the Earth, will star Lawrence. The film, from Argo scribe Chris Terrio is based on a true story. Lawrence will play Lydie Marland. According to The Playlist

Marland was “the adopted daughter of oil tycoon Ernest Marland, who cared for the child when his desitute brother was unable. After his sibling passed away, the 54 year-old Ernest annulled the adoption and married the 28 year-old Lydie. She was a well known socialite who also pushed her husband to raise worker wages and provide health care, and the film will center on the loss of his wealth and a scandalous affair. The pair stayed married as he embarked on a political career, but he passed away in 1941 and for the rest of her life, she mostly lived as a recluse.”

In delightfully fun news, Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig have joined the upcoming season of “Arrested Development,” expected to air in May. We don’t yet know who Rogen will play, but according to Vulture, Wiig is expected to play the young Lucille Bluth, which is perfect casting.

I’m not sure why you’d want to, exactly, but if you’d like, you can listen to Mariah Carey’s Theme song to Oz The Great and Powerful. I listened to it. I wish I hadn’t. It is also decidedly not the tone we’d hoped for with the Sam Raimi pic.

Finally, Little Benny Affleck is getting all of the kudos and awards for his directorial skills for Argo. That’s nice. Of course, this isn’t his first time in the director’s chair. In 1993 Affleck directed the short I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney, which Film School Rejects had brought out of obscurity. Please, enjoy. NSFW

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.