Casting Net: Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia to romance in 'Admissions.' Plus: Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Emile Hirsch

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• Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia will star in Admissions, as parents of different teenagers visiting the same college who become romantically entangled. Adam Rodgers will make his feature directing debut with the indie romcom. [THR]

• Rooney Mara, who just yesterday signed on for Spike Jonze’s next film, is now also attached to star in the adaptation of Colm Toibin’s 2009 novel Brooklyn. Adapted by writer Nick Hornby, the story follows an Irish woman in the 1950s who falls for an American. [THR]

• In other Nick Hornby news, Emile Hirsch has joined Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette in the big screen adaptation of the author’s 2005 novel A Long Way Down, about a suicidal foursome who support each other after meeting on New Year’s Eve. [THR]

• Willem Dafoe has signed onto Out of the Furnace, a thriller about two brothers (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck), one who goes to prison, one who ends up embroiled in crime. Director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) is currently shooting the film in Pennsylvania. [Deadline]

• And finally, a story from the Dept. of Projects We Really Hope Actually Happen: Anchorman director Adam McKay is in talks to develop a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier/Bill Cosby comedy Uptown Saturday Night for Warner Bros, with the studio reportedly keen on Denzel Washington and Will Smith to star. With no script even written yet, there will be a lot of hurdles to clear before Washington and Smith formally attach themselves to the project, let alone that it gets a greenlight. But here’s hoping. [Deadline]

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