Casting Net: Julia Louis-Dreyfus angling to crush on James Gandolfini. Plus: Elijah Wood, Jon Favreau, Demian Bechir

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• New HBO star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and old HBO star James Gandolfini are both in talks to headline the next, as-yet-untitled film from director Nicole Holofcener (Please Give, Friends with Money), about a massage therapist (Louis-Dreyfus) who takes a fancy to her friend's hubby (Gandolfini). [Deadline]

• Elijah Wood has signed onto Grand Piano, a thriller produced by Buried helmer Rodrigo Cortés, with a most peculiar premise: A concert pianist’s comeback performance takes a lethal turn when he sees a threat scrawled onto his sheet music. Spanish filmmaker Eugenio Mira will direct. (Check back on EW.com for more from Wood about this project.) [THR]

• Iron Man director Jon Favreau has signed on to star in the comed Identity Thief, with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy starring as an average bloke and the woman who purloins his identity, respectively. [Variety]

Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Michael Cudlitz (TNT’s Southland), and Mark Moses (ABC’s Desperate Housewives) have all joined director Diego Luna‘s Chavez, about celebrated labor organizer Cesar E. Chavez (Michael Peña). [Variety]

Demian Bechir has two films lined up to follow up his Oscar-nominated performance in A Better Life: He’s in talks to join Robert Rodriguez‘s Machete Kills, and he’ll star in William Friedkin‘s thriller Trapped as an Israeli agent. [Variety]

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