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Casting Net: Bobby Cannavale heads to 'Annie'; Plus, Patton Oswalt, Rodrigo Santoro, more

Fresh off a memorable turn as Sally Hawkins’ sensitive mechanic boyfriend in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Bobby Cannavale is set to try out the world of big-screen musicals in Annie, in which he’ll star alongside Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne. He’ll play a political strategist who is helping Jamie Foxx‘s Benjamin Stacks run for mayor. Easy A director Will Gluck is taking another pass at the script before he begins shooting. The Emmy-winning actor (for Will & Grace) can also be seen in Lovelace; Jon Favreau’s Chef, alongside Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.; and the upcoming Al Pacino movie Imagine. [Deadline]
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Matthew McConaughey's 'Dallas Buyers Club' acquired by Focus Features

The second phase of Matthew McConaughey’s comeback has officially begun.

Focus Features announced today that it has acquired Dallas Buyers Club, a fact-based drama starring McConaughey as Ron Woodruff, an ’80s-era AIDS patient who founded a “buyers club” for HIV-positive people in need of medication. The film also stars Jennifer Garner as Woodruff’s physician and Jared Leto as cross-dressing AIDS patient Rayon. Jean-Marc VallVallée (The Young Victoria) directed the film; Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack wrote its original screenplay.

Focus plans to release Dallas Buyers Club during the second half of 2013.

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Will Smith in final talks to star in 'Focus'

Will Smith is in final negotiations to star in the upcoming Warner Bros. comedy Focus, about a grifter who takes a young woman under his wing, from the writing-directing team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris). The news was first reported by Variety.

Ficarra and Requa co-directed 2011′s Crazy Stupid Love, and, according to the report, the studio had originally hoped for Crazy co-stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling to reteam in Focus, but they couldn’t get their schedules to line up. Kristen Stewart boarded the pic in late 2012, and for a while there it looked like Ben Affleck was going to play the conman/love interest, but the Oscar-winner had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. The Will Smith casting is somewhat revelatory and breaks up his current trend of sequels and sci-fi flicks.

But as it goes in Hollywood casting, it turns out Smith will not be starring alongside Stewart. Warner Bros. confirmed to EW that the Twilight actress dropped out of the film some time ago.

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Ben Affleck drops out of upcoming Kristen Stewart movie

Looks like we won’t be seeing any steamy love scenes between Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart after all.

Weeks after the ex-Twilight star signed on to star in Warner Bros.’s Focus — the story of an experienced con artist who teaches a young female protegee the tricks of the trade — her co-star Ben Affleck has dropped out of the film.

Affleck’s rep confirms to EW that scheduling conflicts were the culprit. Between his next directing projects (including the thriller Tell No One and an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night) and awards season promotion for Argo, the Oscar winner simply couldn’t find time to focus on the grifter comedy.

Focus is currently scheduled to begin filming in April.

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