Casting Net: Drew Barrymore to reunite with Adam Sandler; Plus, Emma Watson will not be the next Cinderella, Jude Law, more

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• Drew Barrymore is set to re-team with Adam Sandler for a new comedy about Jim and Lauren, who go on a blind date and then somehow get stuck at a resort with children from previous marriages. The two starred together in 1998’s delightful Wedding Singer and 2004’s could-have-been-worse 50 First Dates. Despite Sandler’s recent slate of films, Barrymore does have a solid track record of bringing some heart to his comedies, so we’ll remain cautiously optimistic about the still-untitled project. Frequent Sandler collaborator Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) will direct. [Variety]

• Lynne Ramsay’s Jane Got a Gun had some major casting shifts Tuesday. The highly anticipated Western stars Natalie Portman as Jane Hammond, who has no choice but to ask an ex-lover to help defend her farm from the gang out to kill her husband. Originally, Michael Fassbender was set to play Hammond’s ex, with Joel Edgerton as the villain. The latest news is that Fassbender has left the project, Edgerton will now play the ex-lover, and Jude Law (who starred with Portman in Closer) has stepped into the villain role. The X-Men: Days of Future Past shooting schedule is reportedly why Fassbender had to exit the project, but if you were really hoping to seeing him and Portman share the screen, you still have that Terrence Malick project to look forward to…assuming neither of them end up on the cutting room floor. [THR]

• Alessandro Nivola is currently in talks to join David O. Russell’s ABSCAM film as a federal prosecutor. The project, which just set a December release date, currently boasts an all-star cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams. [Deadline]

• We told you not to get your hopes up! Emma Watson has passed on Disney’s live-action Cinderella project. She’s still attached to play Belle in Guillermo de Toro’s Beauty and the Beast, though, and if we’re being completely superficial and taking the Disney cartoons as text, that role probably makes more sense. Mostly because of her brown hair. Who do you think should play Cinderella to Cate Blanchett’s evil stepmother? Amanda Seyfried? Dakota Fanning? Chloe Moretz? [Variety]

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