Casting Net: Tim Robbins to star in, direct 'Man Under' with Michelle Pfeiffer. Plus: Benedict Cumberbatch, Gemma Arterton, Kristen Wiig

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Tim Robbins will star in and direct the dramedy Man Under, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz on board to play members of a family who deal with the repercussions of a photograph of them getting displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Though he recently directed a couple episodes of HBO’s Treme, this will be Robbins’ first time helming a feature film since 1999’s Cradle Will RockAnn Cherkis penned the script. [Variety]

• Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) has joined, and Benedict Cumberbatch (i.e. Benny Batch) is in talks to join, Absolutely Anything, a fantastical comedy about a teacher who discovers he can do magic. The film is something of a Monty Python reunion, with Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy GrailLife of Brian) directing and John CleeseTerry Gilliam, and Michael Palin on board to provide voiceovers, along with Jones and Robin Williams. Jones co-wrote the film with Gavin Scott (Small Soldiers). [TheWrap]

SNL buddies Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are set to headline the comedy The Skeleton Twins, about twin siblings who reevaluate their lives, and their relationship with each other, after they both have a near-death experience on the same day. Luke Wilson costars as Wiig’s doofus husband. Director Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) penned the script with Mark Heyman (Black Swan). [Variety]

• Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche will star in Words and Pictures, a romance about teachers at a prep school in New England. Fred Schepisi (Fierce CreaturesI.Q.Six Degrees of Separation) will direct from the script by first-timer Gerald DiPego. [Deadline]

• Dominic Cooper (Captain AmericaThe Devil’s Double) is in talks to costar with Aaron Paul in Need for Speed, an adaptation of the videogame franchise about the world of underground car racing. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is set to direct from the screenplay by George Gatins and John Gatins (Flight). [Variety]

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