Casting Net: Bruce Willis taken 'Captive'; Plus, Glenn Close as a duchess, Rebel Wilson, and more.

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• Bruce Willis (Die Hard) is set to star in the action thriller Captive, taking over for the previously rumored Arnold Schwarzenegger. Simon Brand (Unknown) is directing with a script by Benjamin van der Even (Che: Part Two) and Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) from a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Willis will play a real estate developer who gets kidnapped and held for ransom while at work in Brazil. Production is set to begin in March. [Deadline]

• Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) will play the woman who claimed to be the Grand Russian Duchess Anastasia, in Duchess. The film will be directed by Arie Posin (The Chumscrubbers) from his own script with Nicholas Kazan (Matilda). The film is described as a dark road trip comedy based on true events and covering the last days of Anna Anderson and her American husband Jack Manahan. The film will shoot in Virginia. [Deadline]

• Rebel Wilson (Super Fun Night) has joined the cast of Night at the Museum 3, joining returning franchise stars Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones), Owen Wilson (The Internship), Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Ricky Gervais (The Office). Shawn Levy (Date Night) will once again direct the sequel with a script by Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!), Robert Ben Garant (Balls of Fury), David Guion (Dinner for Schmucks) and Michael Handelman (The Ex). Wilson will play the night guard at the British museum with an anticipated release scheduled for Christmas 2014. [Deadline]

• Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings) will play poet John Malcolm Brinnin in Set Fire to the Stars. Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey) will direct with a script he co-wrote with Celyn Jones (Jo), who will also appear in the film as poet Dylan Thomas. The movie will explore the turbulent relationship between Brinnin and his hero Thomas, with shooting taking place on location in and around Thomas’ home of Swansea, Wales. Kelly Reilly(Flight), Shirley Henderson (the Harry Potter movies) and Steven Mackintosh (Luther) are also in the cast. [THR]

• James Marsden (Anchorman 2) has reportedly been offered a role in Relativity’s adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Best of Me. Paul Walker was originally set for the film opposite Michelle Monaghan (Source Code) before he died in a car crash in late November. The Best of Me follows a pair of former high school sweethearts who reunite after many years when they both return to their small North Carolina hometown. Michael Hoffman will direct the film. [THR]

• Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Oliver Platt (The Big C), and Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day) have joined the all-star cast of the action comedy Mortdecai. The film is based on the popular three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli with a screenplay adapted by Eric Aronson (On the Line). David Koepp (Premium Rush) directs the cast led by Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger) as a debonair art dealer and part-time rogue and features Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man 3), Ewan McGregor (August: Osage County), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom) and Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code). [THR]

• Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) will star in Maggie’s Plan, a romantic comedy of manners from director and writer Rebecca Miller (The Ballad Of Jack And Rose). The film is based on a story by Karen Rinaldi and will begin shooting in New York in the fall. Rachael Horovitz (Moneyball) will produce through Speciality Films with Damon Cadasis of Round Films, Miller’s upstart production shingle. [Deadline]

• Producer Josh Mond (Martha Marcy May Marlene) will make his directorial debut with the indie drama James White, from a script he also wrote, starring Christopher Abbot (Girls) as the title troubled young man coming of age in the face of momentous family challenges. Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Ron Livingston (Office Space), Scott Mescudi, a.k.a. Kid Cudi (Need for Speed), David Call (Tiny Furniture), and newcomer Mackenzie Leigh will also star. Shooting began last month in New York City. [The Wrap]

• Rupert Friend (Homeland) is currently in talks to replace Paul Walker in the action movie Agent 47, a reboot of the 2007 Timothy Olyphant film HitmanAleksander Bach is directing from a script by Kyle Ward (Machete Kills), Skip Woods (A Good Day to Die Hard), and Michael Finch (Predators). The film was to be Walker’s next project after completing Fast and Furious 7, but he was tragically killed in a car crash in November. [The Wrap]

• Kelly Lynch (Magic City) and Jim Beaver (Justified) have joined the cast of the indie crime pic The Frontier. They join Jocelin Donahue (Insidious 2), Izabella Miko (Deadwood), Liam Aiken (Electrick Children), Jamie Harris (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), and AJ Bowen (You’re Next) in the ensemble cast. Oren Shai makes his feature directorial debut with a script he co-wrote with Webb Wilcoxen. The film is set in 1974 along Route 66 and centers on a desperate woman on the run from the law who takes a job at a remote desert motel. [Deadline]

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