• Zac Efron (17 Again) will play a college student-turned-police informant in Narc, described as a “college Donnie Brasco.” Efron’s character is a big man on campus type, but that’s where any similarity to his High School Musical basketball player ends. In Narc, Efron’s a frat president and lacrosse team captain until he’s busted for drugs. But then he takes a page from the books of Frank Abagnale and Neal Caffrey and puts his skills to use as a narc for the police. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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The latest stars to be subjected to “yes, but can they sing?” scrutiny: Heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine, potentially. EW has confirmed that Gyllenhaal is in talks to join Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods, the 1987 Stephen Sondheim musical about interwoven fairy tales. Deadline writes that Pine, too, is in talks for the film, though his rep would not confirm the news.
The actors are up for the roles of Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince. There’s no word yet on which would be playing which. (Cinderella’s Prince is the bigger part, though.)
If their deals go through, Gyllenhaal and Pine will join a cast that already includes Meryl Streep (The Witch), Gavin & Stacey‘s James Corden (The Baker), and Johnny Depp (The Wolf, a role traditionally played by the same actor as Cinderella’s Prince in stage productions). A screenplay reading last October featured actors including Anna Kendrick (Cinderella) and Allison Janney (Jack’s Mother), though there’s no word yet on whether any of those actors will be cast in the film.
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• In the midst of the frenzy surrounding the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine has revealed where he’ll boldly go next. EW has confirmed that Pine will appear in comedic thriller Stretch, a project that reunites the actor with Joe Carnahan, who directed one of Pine’s earliest films, 2006’s Smokin’ Aces. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) will star in the new film as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur who drives around a mysterious billionaire to get rid of his debt. Details on Pine’s role have not yet been revealed. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
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• It’s a Frat Pack reunion: Vince Vaughn is set to join Old School co-star Will Ferrell in the Paramount comedy Daddy’s Home. Ferrell is expected to star in the movie, which he’s producing with frequent collaborator Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys). Etan Cohen (yes, Etan, not Oscar-winning dark comedy filmmaker Ethan Cohen) will make his feature directorial debut with the project. Cohen’s screenwriting credits include Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. Ferrell will play a mild-mannered radio exec whose life gets turned upside down when his wife’s freeloading ex-husband (Vaughn) re-enters the picture and he must vie for his step-children’s affections. [Variety] READ FULL STORY
Are Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt the next Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando?
The answer? Maybe. EW has confirmed that 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to Guys and Dolls, the Frank Loesser musical about two gamblers who make a bet about a girl. But as far as Tatum and Gordon-Levitt are concerned, Deadline reports that Fox is interested in casting the actors in a remake of the 1955 film.
All we know is that Gordon-Levitt can sing, Tatum can dance, and both would look really good in fedoras. Bottom line: If luck were a lady, she would choose these two actors in a heartbeat.
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EW has confirmed that Ashley Judd has joined the cast of Divergent, the big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA bestseller. Judd — who recently abandoned her bid for one of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seats — will play Natalie Prior, the mother of Divergent‘s heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley). (THR first exclusively reported this news.) READ FULL STORY
The Divergent cast continues to fill out as Jai Courtney — whom you may recognize from A Good Day to Die Hard – has signed on to play Eric, a former Erudite transfer who is the slightly sadistic leader of the Dauntless faction. He’s described in the book as having gray eyes, several piercings, and long dark hair in dread-locks.
Neil Burger’s (Limitless) film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s 2011 YA thriller has been attracting quite a bit of talent. Shailene Woodley will be playing fierce heroine Beatrice Prior, and Kate Winslet will reportedly play the cunning antagonist Jeanine Matthews. In supporting roles, Zoe Kravitz (who we totally had on our wish list!) will play Christina; Maggie Q has signed on for Dauntless ally, Tori; and Ansel Elgort as Tris’s brother, Caleb.
All we need now is to find out who is playing Tris’s love interest, the mysterious Four… Many actors have been in to read for the role (including Alex Pettyfer, Jeremy Irvine, and Lucas Till) but Summit Entertainment has yet to announce who their man is. Guesses? Let us know…
Steel yourselves, comedy nerds: Liz Lemon might be playing Michael Bluth’s sister.
EW has confirmed that 30 Rock star Tina Fey is in early talks to star in This Is Where I Leave You opposite Jason Bateman. The film, based on Jonathan Tropper’s 2009 novel, follows a dysfunctional family that comes together to mourn the death of its gruff, withholding patriarch.
Bateman will play Judd, a middle child reeling over the recent implosion of his marriage; Fey would play his older sister Wendy, who is caught in an unhappy marriage of her own. Kathryn Hahn and Ari Graynor are rumored to be up for roles as well, though their involvement has not yet been confirmed. Shawn Levy, who previously directed Fey in Date Night, is attached to helm the film, which also features a script written by Tropper himself.
Fey’s next movie, Admission, hits theaters March 22. She will also appear in the Muppets sequel The Muppets… Again! that is currently filming in Europe.
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Jai Courtney can currently be seen helping save the day as John McClane’s son Jack in action fifthquel A Good Day to Die Hard. But the Australian had to ruin the day of a planeload of folks — or, at least, mildly inconvenience them — to play Bruce Willis’ offspring. “I was in L.A. boarding a plane home to Australia when my manager called and said I had to get off because they’d like to see me test with Bruce,” recalls the actor, whose other credits include the Starz show Spartacus: Blood and Sand and last year’s Jack Reacher. “I had to literally walk off the flight. I was tempted to say, ‘I’m sorry, Bruce Willis is calling me.’ But they would just have thought I was a crazy person.”
Below, Courtney talks about acting with Bruce and reminisces about the late Spartacus star Andy Whitfield.
'Human Centipede' director Tom Six and star Dieter Laser end legal battle, 'HC3' to start filming in May -- EXCLUSIVE
Good news! (At least, “Good news” for people who like films in which folks are stitched together to form grotesque, insect-like monstrosities!) EW can exclusively reveal that Human Centipede star Dieter Laser has settled his differences with director Tom Six and will appear in the third film of the notoriously gruesome horror franchise.
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