Casting Net: Cameron Diaz nears 'The Counselor.' Plus: Matthew McConaughey, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Chris Hemsworth

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• Cameron Diaz is close to boarding director Ridley Scott's dramatic thriller The Counselor, as a supporting character named Malkina. Michael Fassbender stars as a lawyer who gets pulled deep into the dangerous world of illegal drugs. Brad PittJavier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz will costar in the film, the first screenplay by famed novelist Cormac McCarthy, who penned the book No Country For Old Men. Expect to hear a lot more about this one... [Deadline]

• …and this one too: Matthew McConaugheyCuba Gooding, Jr., and Terrence Howard are all eyeing roles in writer-director Lee Daniels’ history-based film The Butler, about Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), the man who served in the White House from President Eisenhower through President Reagan. Oprah Winfrey will play Allen’s wife. [THR]

• Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler may be rivals on Parks and Recreation, but they’ll romance each other in They Came Together, a meta-romantic comedy from the duo’s Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain. (Yes, that’s the real title.) The film, written by Wain and Michael Showalter, will satirize typical rom-com tropes. It starts shooting this summer. [Variety]

Check out project news for Kyle Chandler, Chris Hemsworth, Luke Evans, and Logan Marshall Green below: 

Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler will star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, playing the F.B.I. agent who helped put DiCaprio’s multimillionaire stock market player in federal prison. Martin Scorsese will direct the adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name. [Deadline]

• Chris Hemsworth is attached to the international thriller Shadow Runners, which Black List screenwriters Christopher Cantwell and Christopher Rogers have been set to pen. [Deadline]

• Luke Evans (Immortals, The Raven) is close to signing on to play the villain in Fast and Furious 6, reportedly as a rival for a robbery job in Europe. [Variety]

• Prometheus star Logan Marshall Green will play playwright Tennessee Williams in the indie biopic Lonely Hunter, about novelist Carson McCullers (Jena Malone). Deborah Kampmeier (Hounddog) is directing. [Deadline]

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