Casting Net: 'Rockford Files' film in development for Vince Vaughn. Plus: Octavia Spencer, Michael Douglas, James Van Der Beek

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• Your dad is about to get really excited. Universal Pictures is developing a big-screen version of the beloved NBC private eye series The Rockford Files. The project would be a vehicle for Vince Vaughn, who'd take on the title role of fast-thinking charmer Jim Rockford first played by James Garner. Screenwriters David Levien and Brian Koppelman (Ocean's Thirteen, Rounders) are penning a script now. [Deadline]

• Talk about timing is everything. In the wake of media saturation coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) are negotiating to star in Fruitvale, an indie drama about another real-life, racially charged shooting death. Jordan would play Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old man who was accidentally shot and killed on New Year’s Day in 2009 by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer. Spencer would play his mother. First-time feature director Ryan Coogler will direct from his script; Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker is producing. [THR]

• Call it Grumpy Old HangoverMichael Douglas is in talks to star in Last Vegas, about a man who indulges in a bachelor party in Sin City before marrying a woman half his age. Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) is directing. [Variety]

• Director Jason Reitman is beginning to fill out the cast of his newest project, Labor Day. Gattlin Griffith (Changling) is in talks to play the child at the center of the film, about a divorced woman (Kate Winslet) who encounters an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) with her son over Labor Day weekend. James Van Der Beek is also in talks to play a police officer. [THR]

John Cho (Star Trek) and Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) have signed up for The Identity Thief, a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy as a woman who takes the identity of an average family man (Jason Bateman). Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is directing. [THR]

• The Good Wife‘s Josh Charles has signed on for Bird People, a French- and English-language drama from Lady Chatterley director Pascale Ferran about an American starting his life over in Paris. French actress Anaïs Demoustier will costar. [Deadline]

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