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Casting Net: Penelope Cruz signs on for 'Zoolander 2'

• Penelope Cruz will star opposite Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2. Stiller is directing from a script by Justin Theroux, and will produce alongside Stuart Cornfeld for Red Hour. Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are rumored to be reprising their roles as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively. [Deadline]

• Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks for the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson would direct the film with Garfield in the role of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, a war hero who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, and gained notoriety for refusing to kill or carry a weapon based on religious grounds. The film has been in the making for more than 13 years. [THR]

• Jon Voight will play college football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in Woodlawn. Jon and Andrew Erwin are directing the indie high school football movie from a script by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples. Set in the 1973-74 season at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, the film follows African-American player Tony Nathan throughout the forced integration of Alabama’s public high schools. It will focus on the 1974 Banks vs. Woodlawn game. After being recruited by Bryant, Nathan played for the University of Alabama and went on to have a successful professional career. The cast also includes Nic Bishop as Woodlawn coach Tandy Gerelds, Sean Astin as the team’s counselor and mascot Hank Erwin, C. Thomas Howell as rival coach George “Shorty” White, Sherri Shepherd as Nathan’s mother, Lance Nichols as Nathan’s father, Caleb Castille as Nathan, and Richard Kohnke as rival quarterback Jeff Rutledge. [Variety]

• Hot off his turn in John Wick, Keanu Reeves is reportedly in talks for the lead role in Tarsem Singh’s action-thriller The Panopticon. The story follows an average Joe who receives a pre-recorded message from himself, explaining that only he can save the world from its eminent end. He must, subsequently, uncover the mystery, and save the human race. Craig Rosenberg wrote the script. [The Wrap]

Real-life Broadway star Taye Diggs is joining Topher Grace in the backstage musical comedy One Shot. The story stars Grace as a failed actor who turns to stage managing. Diggs will play Malcolm, a member of the production Grace’s character is managing that’s in desperate need of saving. Isaac Rentz is directing the film. Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi wrote the script. [Deadline]

• Djimon Honsou is in negotiations for Knights of the Round Table. Guy Ritchie is directing the film, which stars Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere. Honsou is up for the part of Arthur’s mentor, for which Idris Elba had previously been considered. It was announced yesterday that Jude Law is also in talks for the film; he’s eyeing the villain role. Joby Harold wrote the script for the film, whose plot details are unknown at this time. The film opens July 22, 2016. [Variety]

• Sanaa Lathan will play FBI agent Natalie Austin in Now You See Me 2. The magician caper will see the return of original cast members: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine. It will also get a boost from newcomers Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, and Daniel Radcliffe. The story catches up with the magician troupe, the Four Horsemen, a year later. This time, there’s a new dangerous heist and a new enemy at the center of it all. Jon M. Chu is directing the feature, which begins filming on Dec. 1 in the U.K. Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon wrote the script, based on characters by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. The film is scheduled for a June 10, 2016 release. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Keanu Reeves takes lead in 'Replicas'

• Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Renee Zellweger, and Djimon Hounsou are set to star in Paramount Pictures’ Same Kind of Different as Me, EW has confirmed. Michael Carney will make his directorial debut. He co-wrote the script with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. Based on the book by Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, the story follows an art dealer (Kinnear) who befriends a homeless man (Honsou) in order to save his marriage to his wife (Zellweger). The unexpected friendship takes the three on an incredible journey, and helps Hall reconnect with his father (Voight). Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce through Disruption Entertainment along with Darren Moorman, Stephen Johnson, and Hall. Chris Bancroft, Hans Graffunder, Carney, and Foard will executive produce. Principal photography began on October 27 in Jackson, Mississippi.

• Keanu Reeves has taken the lead in Lotus Entertainment and di Bonaventura Pictures’ Replicas. Tanya Wexler is directing from a script by Chad St. John. Company Films’ partners Stephen Hamel and Reeves developed the script from Hamel’s treatment. The story follows a neuroscientist who will stop at nothing to bring his family back after a deadly car accident. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Hamel, Reeves, and Fundamental Films are producing. Production is scheduled for spring 2015. [Deadline]

• Bruce Greenwood has signed on for the Dan Rather pic, Truth, starring Robert Redford as Rather with Cate Blanchett as his producer, Mary Mapes. James Vanderbilt will make his directorial debut from a script he wrote. Greenwood will play Andrew Hayward, president of CBS News who eventually fires Mapes. The film is based on Mapes’ memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power, which details Rather’s 2004 report claiming that George W. Bush received special treatment while in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. His reputation was tarnished, and Mapes was fired, when it was revealed that some documents may have been forged. Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, John Benjamin Hickey, and Topher Grace also star. The film is currently shooting in Australia. [THR]

Fox Searchlight acquired a Wired Magazine article by Joshua Davis, Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate to Investors at $1 a Share, which will be used as the foundation for the film, IPO Man. Jason Bateman will direct the film and star as a man who put himself out for public offering. Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster will pen the script. Bateman and Jim Garavente will produce the film through their Aggregate banner with Davis. [Deadline]

• Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost) is joining Will Smith in Sony’s untitled NFL concussion drama. Peter Landesman is directing the film, which follows neuropathologist Dr. Bennett Omalu (Smith) whose studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) cause the NFL to take brain injuries seriously. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play Dave Duerson, the real-life NFL safety who died in 2011 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Upon his request, Duerson’s brain was sent to researchers who concluded that he suffered from CTE as a result of football injuries. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Bitsie Tulloch, and Albert Brooks also star. Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing. Michael Schaefer and David Crockett are executive producing. [Deadline]

• Max Deacon (Into the Storm) has landed at The Call Up. Charles Barker is writing and directing the British action/sci-fi film, which is set in the world of computer gaming and technology. The film follows a group of skilled gamers who are invited to test a virtual reality game that brings modern warfare to life, and ultimately takes a dark turn. The film also stars Morfydd Clark (Madame Bovary), Ali Cook (The Anomaly), Parker Sawyers (Monsters: Dark Continent), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold), Boris Ler (In The Land Of Blood And Honey), Douggie McMeekin, and Adriana Randall. Matthew James Wilkinson is producing for Stigma Films and John Giwa-Amu for Red & Black Films. Alan Martin is executive producing. EOne has the rights for Germany, France, and Scandinavia. Altitude Film Sales will handle international. Shooting kicks off on Nov. 10 in Birmingham, England. [Deadline]

Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez team up to take down Jon Voight in new 'Getaway' trailer


The new Getaway trailer is one-third Taken, one-third The Fast and the Furious, and one-third Selena Gomez in a baseball cap. It’s also 100 percent Ethan Hawke getting angry.

Starring Hawke, Gomez, Jon Voight, and Rebecca Budig, Getaway tells the story of a husband who’s forced to perform a series of tasks, including theft and kidnapping, in order to save his kidnapped wife, played by Budig. The husband, Brent, played by Hawke, claims he was targeted because he’s a skilled driver — think Ryan Gosling in Drive. And with The Kid, played by Gomez, as his sidekick, Brent works to save his wife from the evil Jon Voight, whose character is simply The Voice. Car crashes, explosions, and gunfire follow as Brent races against the clock to save his wife’s life.

But Brent can only be forced to do so much before he inevitably decides that he’s through with being bossed around. He tells The Voice, “First, I’m coming for my wife. Then I’m coming for you.” Looks like Brent decides to take revenge, Liam-Neeson style.

Check out the trailer for Getaway below: READ FULL STORY

Is John Hawkes in 'The Sessions' another able-bodied actor playing a disabled part bound for Oscar?


In The Sessions, opening in theaters this weekend, John Hawkes plays late poet Mark O’Brien, who was paralyzed from the neck down due to polio, and sought, in real life, to lose his virginity by working with a therapeutic sex surrogate. Hawkes is beyond emotionally and physically adept as O’Brien, restricted to laying flat in a huge iron lung, or being wheeled around on a portable cot, his face shifted to the side, his arms pinned to his sides. He’s partially nude at times, staring up at his sex therapist, played by distant-then warm Helen Hunt, and by turns funny, sweet, neurotic and moving. Oscar buzz has been swirling around Hawkes, who told EW at Toronto last month that the role was a challenge, like hungry flies to honey.

If Hawkes is nominated for an Oscar, he’ll join a long line of able-bodied actors and actresses who have been nominated or snagged top acting Academy Awards playing physically disabled – or physically challenged, as others say – roles. While real-life deaf actress Marlee Matlin won a best actress Oscar in 1987 for her part as a deaf pupil in Children of a Lesser God, and Harold Russell, whose hands were amputated after an accident in 1944, nabbed a best supporting actor Oscar trophy in 1947 as a World War II vet in The Best Years of Our Lives, they’re less the norm compared to the long line of able-bodied actors inhabiting those kinds of parts. READ FULL STORY

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