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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 2, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 2, 2011 |

  • Rumor and conjecture around the Internet water bubbler the last couple of months was that True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld was up for the lead in the Gary Ross directed Hunger Games. Ms. Steinfeld apparently confirmed that she was, indeed, discussing the matter with Ross, although nothing has been signed. Given her kick-assery in Kick-Ass, I still think Chloe Moretz might be the better choice, but it’s hard to argue with the selection of Steinfeld. (Hollywood Crush via FSR)

  • Meanwhile, in related to that casting news — and suggesting that the lead role has not been nailed down yet — the WSJ dug up information on what the casting director wanted in the actress, and Movieline summed it up: “The candidate must be between the ages of 15-20, be Caucasian, appear ‘underfed but strong,’ and be ‘naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness.’” So, in other words, they’re looking for a 15-year-old to do a Christian Bale-like transformation and starve herself.

    Also, I guess she’s going to be white.

  • In news even more distressing than casting underfed teenage girls, there is apparently a pitch for a Peter Pan origins story circulating around in Hollywood called Peter Pan Begins. The really hard-to-swallow part? Charming Potato is attached to star. Ooof. (THR)

  • Elsewhere, Jonah Hill continues to prove that lots of profanity and bad nutrition is the real key to success in Hollywood, as he’s now attached to direct a movie called The Kitchen Sink, being described as a film about an alliance between a high school vampire, zombie and human trying to save their town from invading aliens. Vampire, zombie, and alien? Sorry, Jonah: The world won’t be satisfied unless there’s also a robot. (Deadline)

  • Also, Mandy Moore (so pretty) will star in Falling Slowly, from first-time director Chris Sparling, who wrote the script for Ryan Reynolds’ Buried. She’ll star alongside this guy as one half of “a couple whose apartment is haunted by a dark presence.” (Slashfilm)

  • Finally, MTV confirms that Brian Grazer is negotiation with Javier Bardem for the lead role of gunslinger Roland Deschai in Ron Howard’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Now, if we could just remove Ron Howard from the project …

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