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Casting Net: Russell Crowe in talks to direct and star in post-WWI pic; Plus, Alison Brie's inter-dimensional romantic comedy, more

• Russell Crowe (Man of Steel) is in talks to direct and star in The Water Diviner, a 1919-set film about an Australian man searching for his sons in Turkey following the Battle of Gallipoli — the Allied attempt, and failure, to capture the Ottoman capital. The Oscar winner’s next projects include Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. [Deadline]

• The Salma Hayek-produced animated feature, The Prophet, has lined up a pretty outstanding voice cast that includes Liam Neeson, John KrasinskiQuvenzhané Wallis, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina. Roger Allers (The Lion King) wrote the script based on Khalil Girbran’s 1923 book, and will direct the narrative, with a number of international directors lending their hands to direct “chapters” based on Girban’s 26 essays. Hayek also voices a character. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Eva Green to star in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'; Plus David Cronenberg, Felicity Jones, Sean Penn

Eva Green (Casino Royale) has signed on to star as Ava Lord in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. In a press release announcing the news, Rodriquez and Miller said “Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City.  From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green.” Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene) will also join the large cast as a stripper named Marcy. Rodriguez and Miller are currently filming in Austin for an October 4 release. [Deadline]

David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method) is teaming up with Don DeLillo again for the The Body Artist, DeLillo’s dreamy 2001 novel about the ordinariness of everyday life….and ghosts. Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) is set to direct, though, and Cronenberg will actually step in front of the camera to star in the film alongside Isabelle Huppert (Amour) and Denis Lavant (Beau Travail, Holy Motors). Cronenberg recently directed an adaptation of DeLillo’s novel Cosmopolis. Even though he’s best known for his directing work, Cronenberg has acted in a handful of projects including some of his own (The Fly, Videodrome) and for some others too (Alias, To Die For). [Variety]

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