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Lily Collins set to star in 'The Mortal Instruments'

Looks like Lily Collins will continue her forays into fantasy film: The Mirror Mirror actress will star in the highly-anticipated big-screen adaptation of The Mortal Instruments, based on Cassandra Clare’s best-selling YA series. Collins will play Clary Fray, a New York teenager who joins forces with the demon-fighting Shadowhunters. Also tapped for the film is Norwegian director Harald Zwart, whose past credits include the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid and The Pink Panther 2.

“Lily Collins is the perfect Clary,” said producer Robert Kulzer in a statement. “Harald Zwart really understands the visuals and heart of The Mortal Instruments. That was crucial to us. Of course, having Cassandra Clare’s support throughout and collaborating with her on this project has been especially rewarding.” READ FULL STORY

Rodrigo Santoro returns as Xerxes in '300: Battle of Artemisia'

EW has confirmed that Rodrigo Santoro will be reprising his rule as villainous, golden ruler Xerxes in the 300 sequel Battle of Artemisia.

As previously reported, Eva Green will play the title role, with Aussie actor Sullivan Stapleton taking the lead, and Snow White and the Huntsman‘s relative newcomer Jamie Blackley playing a pivotal role.

Artemisia follows Blackley’s Calisto as he leads a group of soldiers to battle. Details are being closely guarded, though it’s expected to begin filming this summer. Noam Murro (Smart People) is directing, and 300 scribe Kurt Johnstad stayed on to pen the sequel.

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Casting Net: Leonardo DiCaprio no longer alone on 'Wolf,' Halle Berry thrills in 'The Hive'

Leonardo DiCaprio is officially set to step into the loafers of ’80s wheeler-dealer-turned-federal-inmate Jordan Belfort for Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street now that the film has acquired its financing. For more information on Wall Street, see Adam Markovitz’s post.

DiCaprio is also eying Alejandro González Iñárritu-helmed The Revenant, about an 1820s bear mauling. [Vulture]

• Emergency responders have never been so sexy! Halle Berry picks up the phone as a 911 call center operator in The Hive. TV stalwart Brad Anderson (Fringe, Boardwalk Empire) will direct Berry, whose character must overcome her fears to save a teen from a psycopath. [Variety]

Hugh Jackman is also getting his thrills in Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies). Jackman’s character is a small-town carpenter who seeks vigilante justice when his daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. READ FULL STORY

Gerard Depardieu will play Dominique Strauss-Kahn 'because I don't like him'

French actor Gerard Depardieu said on Thursday he would play the “arrogant, smug” former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film about his fall from grace in a series of sex scandals. “I will do it, because I don’t like him,” said Depardieu, best known for his larger-than-life swashbuckling roles like warrior poet Cyrano de Bergerac or comic book hero Asterix’s huge sidekick Obelix. “He’s not lovable. I think he’s a bit like all the French, a bit arrogant. I don’t much like the French in any case,” he told Swiss television. “He’s very French: arrogant, smug. He’s playable.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Tom Hardy revs up for biker movie, Jake Gyllenhaal 'Motor City' deal stalls

• Just a day after Jake Gyllenhaal seemed set to visit Motor City, talks have fallen through due to scheduling. Gary Oldman and Amber Heard are still on board. [Deadline]

Viola Davis turns back the clock again for a Barbara Jordan biopic. Looking to produce the pic with husband Julius Tennon, Davis hopes to play the pioneering politico, the first African-American woman from the South to be voted into the House of Representatives and a major figure in the Watergate hearings. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Nicole Kidman replaces Rachel Weisz, Bruce Willis lands action role with a 'Bullet'

Bruce Willis gets some action as a bodyguard to a Mexican politician whose father was murdered by a drug cartel in the new popcorn flick Five Against a Bullet from Alex Litvak (Predators). [Variety]

Scarlett Johansson goes behind the shower curtain as Janet Leigh in The Terminal scribe Sacha Gervasi’s upcomiming Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of PsychoAnthony Hopkins portrays the eponymous auteur, with Helen Mirren as his wife and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins. [EW]

Mila Kunis will go to Hell & Back in the upcoming underworld animation buddy flick starring Nick Swardson and T.J. Miller. Kunis plays half-human-half-demon. Rob Riggle, Brian Posehn, and Kumail Nanjiani round out the stop-motion comedy’s ensemble. Do we even need to mention it’s R-rated? [Deadline]

Mamie Gummer, Sarah Paulson, and India Muenez (Something in the Air) play estranged, resentful sisters in L.A.-set dramedy Claire’s CambodiaMary Kay Place also joins previously announced cast members Casey Wilson and Wendi McLendon-Covey. [Deadline]

• Life after American Horror Story is anything but for Taissa Farmiga. Vera’s younger sister is joining Emma Watson in Sofia Coppola‘s Bling Ring about the headline-grabbing crime co-op who stole from celebrities in 2008 and 2009. Post-Bling, Farmiga will play the love interest of a teenage murderer (Spencer Lofranco) in Trevor White’s indie Jamesy Boy, also starring Mary-Louise Parker, James Woods, and Ving Rhames. [Variety]

Mary Elizabeth Winstead wraps up her Thing- and vampire-slaing spree by playing Adam Scott’s girlfriend in A.C.O.D. Richard Jenkins and Jane Lynch also star. [Deadline]

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'Human Centipede 3': Stars and director Tom Six will return for the final part of the controversial horror trilogy -- EXCLUSIVE

Human-Centipede

Human Centipede franchise stars Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey will both play lead roles in Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence). The controversial horror series’ writer-director Tom Six has also cast himself in a supporting part for the concluding entry in the Human Centipede trilogy. READ FULL STORY

Scarlett Johansson to play Janet Leigh in 'Psycho' movie -- report

Scarlett Johannson will portray actress Janet Leigh, the Psycho actress whose shower scene shocked 1960 audiences, in a movie depicting the making of that film, according to Variety. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho will star Anthony Hopkins as the legendary directory, Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma, and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins. Sacha Gervasi, who wrote The Terminal (2004), will direct.

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Jonah Hill, James Franco to star in drama 'True Story'

Jonah Hill and James Franco will star in the movie adaptation of Michael Finkel’s memoir, True Story, Deadline reports. Hill will play Finkel, a New York Times Magazine writer who was fired in 2002 for fabricating parts of a story right as an Oregon man named Christian Longo (Franco), who was wanted for killing his family, was captured in Mexico — where, oddly enough, he’d assumed Finkel’s identity. Longo would only give his story to the real Finkel, who visited, phoned, and wrote Longo to learn the truth about the fugitive’s family. The movie will be produced by Hill’s Moneyball costar Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B.

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'The Killing' star Joel Kinnaman offered title role in 'RoboCop' -- report

If you’ve exchanged pondering “Who killed Rosie Larson?” for “Who will play the next RoboCop?” you might just have the answer you’ve been looking for.

Deadline.com reports that MGM has offered The Killing star Joel Kinnaman the chance to fill Peter Weller‘s iconic robo-shoes for the upcoming RoboCop remake. With Jose Padilha on board to direct (not Darren Aronofsky) a script from Josh Zetumer, Kinnaman, who recently appeared on the big screen in Safe House and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, would be the first major casting for the reboot.

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