Casting Net: Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis travel to 'Jupiter'; Jane Fonda to take on Nancy Reagan

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Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis are in final-stage negotiations to join helmers Andy and Lana Wachowki on their new super-secret sci-fi project Jupiter Ascending, the sibs' first foray into the genre since The Matrix franchise. [Deadline]

• Jane Fonda is set to play First Lady Nancy Reagan in Butler, director Lee Daniels‘ biopic about Eugene Allen, the White House butler from 1952 to 1986. Forest Whitaker is nearly set to play Allen, while Oprah Winfrey is in talks to play his wife. Liam Neeson is eyeing the role of President Lyndon B. Johnson, and John Cusack is considering playing Richard Nixon. [Variety]

• New Line Cinema is eying Will Ferrell to star in the film adaptation of Andrew Ferguson‘s based-on-a-true-story book Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College. Ferrell would play a father hellbent on getting his son into a top-tier college. [Deadline]

Law & Order: SVU vet Christopher Meloni is going indie for 24 co-creator Joel Surnow‘s Small Time, about a used-car salesman navigating a complicated family life. Presumably there will be less refrigerator humping than in Meloni’s memorable 2001 indie Wet Hot American Summer. [Variety]

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