Casting Net: Rebecca Hall in talks for 'Iron Man 3.' Plus: Nina Dobrev, Nicole Kidman, Vince Vaughn, Nicolas Cage, Sean Bean, Paula Patton

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• Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) is in talks to star opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in Iron Man 3, as a scientist who specializes in nanotechnology. She landed the key role after Jessica Chastain announced via Facebook that she had to bow out from the film due to scheduling conflicts. Shooting starts on the film with director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) this month. [Variety]

• Nina Dobrev and Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz are in talks to join Project X‘s Jonathan Daniel Brown in Kid Cannabis, based on the Rolling Stone article about a group of Idaho teenagers who smuggled marijuana across the Canadian border. (So: No vampires!) John Stockwell (Into the Blue) is directing. [THR]

• Nicole Kidman is teaming up again with Rabbit Hole writer David Lindsay-Abaire on The Family Fang, based on the Kevin Wilson novel about a clan of performance artists. Kidman will star and produce; Lindsay-Abaire will adapted the book. [Deadline]

• Vince Vaughn is in negotiations to star in Starbuck, a comedy about a man who learns the sperm he once donated fathered 533 children. (The Duggars have nothing on this guy.) The DreamWorks film is a remake of a French-Canadian crowd-pleaser of the same title. [Variety]

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• As holiday-themed movie ideas go, this one isn’t half bad: Susan Sarandon and her real-life daughter Eva Amurri Martino are in talks to join Mother’s Day, which follows a dozen mother-daughters through the maternal holiday. It isn’t clear, however, whether Sarandon and Martino’s characters will be related in the film, which will be helmed by writer-director Paul Duddridge. [THR]

• Nicolas Cage, Juno Temple, and Johnny Knoxville have signed onto Wild Side, an action thriller about a beauty queen (Temple) and the dangerous diamond thief (Cage) pursuing her. Jesse Baget is directing. [Deadline]

• Sean Bean is attached to star as South African detective Benny Griessel in three films based on crime novels (Devil’s Peak, Thirteen Hours, and 7 Days) by Deon Meyer, with an eye to start shooting this fall. Good news for Bean; the planned trilogy means he’ll know pretty much for certain he won’t die in at least the first two movies. [Deadline]

Cole Hauser (Tears of the Sun) will play a bad guy named Collins in A Good Day to Die Hard opposite Bruce Willis. [Deadline]

• Paula Patton will star in Baggage Claim, a comedy about a 35-year-old flight attendant looking for a husband. David Talbert (First Sunday) is directing his adaptation his own 2003 novel. [Deadline]

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