• Meg Ryan will make her directorial debut with Ithaca, an adaptation of William Saroyan‘s novel The Human Comedy, which frequent co-star Tom Hanks will executive-produce. The story follows the teenage Homer Macauley, left at home in Ithaca, Calif., to care for his mother, sister, and little brother, Ulysses, while his older brother fights in World War II. Ryan will also star in the film opposite Melanie Griffith, Sam Shepard, and Jack Quaid (Ryan’s 21-year-old son, who played Marvel in The Hunger Games). Clarence Brown directed a version of the story in a 1943 film starring Mickey Rooney. [THR] READ FULL STORY
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EW has confirmed that Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to join Warner Bros.’ upcoming film adaption of the hit HBO series, Entourage.
The film reunites Entourage stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrera, Kevin Dillon, and Jeremy Piven, and continues to follow the Hollywood adventures of Vinnie Chase (Grenier) and his crew.
Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch joins military thriller; Plus, Kristen Stewart boards 'Still Alice,' more
• Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is attached to star in Blood Mountain, a thriller from director Sergei Bodrov about a military contractor whose team is ambushed, leaving him solely responsible for bringing a terrorist to safe grounds. The Morocco shoot is supposed to begin in April. Cumberbatch’s Alan Turning biopic The Imitation Game is currently in post production, and he’s also attached to star in the adaptation of The Lost City of Z. [Variety]
Casting Net: Julianne Nicholson to play Ethan Hawke's ex-wife; Plus, Albert Brooks joins 'A Most Violent Year,' more
• Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) and Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) have joined the coming-of-age pic Ten Thousand Saints, set in the ’80s in New York City’s Lower East Side. American Splendor directing team Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman have assembled a fairly big cast for the project including Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch, and Ender’s Game co-stars Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld. Mortimer will be playing Hawke’s girlfriend and Steinfeld’s mother, while Nicholson has been cast as Hawke’s ex-wife and mother of Butterfield. [THR]
Hugh Jackman’s next film will be rated arrrrr.
Warner Bros. announced today that the X-Man will star in director Joe Wright’s upcoming, yet-untitled live-action Peter Pan film. Jackman is set to play Blackbeard, the villain of this version of the story. (Jason Fuchs’ script casts Pan and Captain Hook as allies, at least initially.)
“There is a reason that Hugh is known and loved the world over,” Warner Bros. Pictures Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution president Sue Kroll said in a statement. “He is uncompromising in his dedication to every role, and we are all thrilled to be working with him again.” Jackman can next be seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer’s eagerly-anticipated superhero flick.
Though Pan himself has yet to be cast, Tron: Legacy actor Garrett Hedlund has been tapped to play the more sympathetic Hook in Wright’s film. The movie is scheduled for release July 17, 2015.
Bruce Dern has confirmed that he spoke with Quentin Tarantino about the possibility of appearing in the director’s next movie. “We had a conversation,” said Dern, who yesterday received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as delusional alcoholic Woody Grant in the film Nebraska. “I mean, he hasn’t hired me yet or anything. But we had a conversation about the material, yes we did.”
Casting Net: Harrison Ford joins Blake Lively in a romantic drama; Plus 'Age of Ultron' adds a villain, more
• Harrison Ford will star opposite Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) and Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream) in The Age of Adaline, about a 29-year-old woman at the turn of the 20th century who stops aging after a near fatal accident. She exists in mostly solitary conditions till she meets a man who she’d rather give up immortality for. How, or why this is possible in the context of the movie have yet to be explained. Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste & Jesse Forever) is directing. [THR]
Casting Net: Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington back for 'Avatar' sequels; Plus, Michael Pena for 'Ant-Man', more
• Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington have finalized deals to reprise their roles as Neytiri and Jake Sully in the three upcoming Avatar sequels for director James Cameron. News of their “expected” return was first reported in August. Stephen Lang is also returning as Marine Colonel Quaritch. The three follow ups will be shot back to back and are rolling out to theaters in December of 2016, 2017, and 2018. [THR]
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And now some big news about little guys …
Michael Douglas has joined Paul Rudd in the cast of Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and with the announcement Marvel Studios revealed a glimpse at the identity of the incredible shrinking hero.
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