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Casting Net: Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce to star in 'Strangerland'; Plus, Damian Lewis, more

• Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit) will all star in the Australian thriller Strangerland, about a couple whose two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Kim Farrant will direct the film from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. [THR]

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Casting Net: Hugh Jackman teams up with Neill Blomkamp; Plus, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, more

• Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) may take on an antagonist role in Neill Blomkamp’s next venture Chappie. The Elysium director has also recruited Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel to tell the story of a robot who gets abducted by two gangsters angling to use it for their own illegal needs. The Les Miserables star confirmed his involvement during a press conference for his recently released Prisoners, and will be traveling to South Africa to film his scenes at the beginning of next year. Jackman can be seen next in X-Men: Days of Future Past (out May 23). [ScreenDaily]
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Hugh Jackman goes rogue in the new 'Prisoners' trailer

Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard just want their daughters back in the newest trailer for Prisoners.

On a sleepy late fall afternoon in Pennsylvania, Keller Dover (Jackman), his wife Grace (Maria Bello), and their family go to visit their friends (Howard and Viola Davis). By the time they discover the youngest daughters of both families are missing, what little light those grey autumn days have to offer has already faded, and the chilly rain has started to fall. Of course panic ensues. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Detective Loki is on the case, and they may have a suspect in the form of Paul Dano’s character, but things are not as simple as they might seem.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, who earned a 2011 Foreign Language Oscar nomination for his film Incendies, and shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, Fargo), what follows is a dark, anxious procedural, and a portrait two very different fathers desperate for a resolution.

Take a look at the second trailer after the jump. It might make you wonder who, exactly, are the “prisoners.”

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'Prisoners' trailer: Hugh Jackman goes all Liam Neeson on a suspected kidnapper -- VIDEO

It’s tough to watch the trailer for Prisoners and not immediately be reminded of Give Us All Our Daughters Back, a parody preview that aired on SNL last fall. Like that fake movie, this real one is a revenge tale that stars a murderers’ row of big-name stars — including Hugh Jackman as the devoted family man driven to the end of his rope when his daughter is kidnapped, Jake Gyllenhaal as the detective who promises to find the girl, and Viola Davis as a stoic mother and Jackman’s friend, whose child is also missing. You can predict what’s coming after about 30 seconds of footage: ominous music, Jackman screaming “WHERE’S. MY. DAUGHTER,” the supposed kidnapper (Paul Dano) sitting bound and gagged in a quiet suburban home.

Then again, considering the level of talent involved — Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo also star — Prisoners could very well be more like In the Bedroom than Taken. And give that Gyllenhaal’s character is named Detective Loki, it’s also likely that the film has a few tricks up its sleeves.

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Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Justin Timberlake among presenters at SAG Awards

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have announced the first round of presenters, and rest assured, it’s a star-studded affair.

The full lineup consists of current awards season darlings Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Jennifer Lawrence — all of whom are currently nominated for SAG awards — as well as former SAG nominees Viola Davis, Justin Timberlake, and Sigourney Weaver.

The SAG Awards ceremony will air on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET, and televised on TNT and TBS.

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Oscars and casting: Hollywood insiders discuss diversity

Diversity is an emotion-packed word more nuanced than one article or one year. But it should always be an ongoing topic of conversation in Hollywood until it stops being an issue, which it hasn’t.

EW recently talked to a range of insiders — from Beasts of the Southern Wild producer Michael Gottwald and Oscar winner Mo’Nique, who won the best supporting actress trophy in 2010 for urban drama Precious, to Precious casting director Billy Hopkins, and casting director Avy Kaufman, who headed casting for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln – about Oscars, diversity, and casting in Tinseltown.

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Casting Net: Viola Davis boarding 'Prisoners.' Plus: Kristen Stewart to 'Focus' on grifting

• Viola Davis has joined Hugh JackmanJake GyllenhaalPaul Dano, and Melissa Leo in Prisoners, a thriller about a father (Jackman) striving to find his kidnapped daughter while a big city detective (Gyllenhaal) stands in his way. Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) is directing from a script by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband). [TheWrap]

• Kristen Stewart is in negotiations to star in Focus, about an experienced con artist (Ben Affleck) who takes on a rookie (Stewart). Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love) are set to direct from their script. [THR]

• Imogen Poots (Fright Night) will romantically spar with Zac Efron in the comedy Are We Officially Dating?, about three guys who vow to each other to remain single, and then, wouldn’t you know it, they fall in love. First-time feature filmmaker Tom Gormican is directing from his script. [Deadline]

• Bar Paly (The Ruins, next year’s Pain & Gain) has signed onto the thriller Non-Stop, playing a model traveling on a threatened international flight, causing its air marshall (Liam Neeson, who else) to spring into action. Julianne MooreMichelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Anson Mount (AMC’s Hell on Wheels) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) costar. Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) is directing the script by reality TV vets Christopher Roach and John W. Richardson (Big BrotherWipeout). [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Jude Law joins Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert.’ Plus: Kim Basinger, Nick Nolte, Soairse Ronan, Jason Bateman
Casting Net: Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender to explore ‘Genius.’ Plus: Amanda Seyfried, Patrick Dempsey, Stellan Skarsgard
Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch to play the Beatles’ closeted manager. Plus: Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Garner, Vince Vaughn

FIRST LOOK: 'Beautiful Creatures' brings the Southern (gothic) charm

Supernatural star-crossed romance, a small town full of secrets, and a dash of Southern gothic intrigue. That’s the recipe for Beautiful Creatures, the latest movie offering for the Twilight set. Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) wrote and directed the South Carolina-set adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s young adult novel, the first in a trilogy of books. In development since 2009, Creatures recently started shooting in New Orleans. Now EW has your first look at a romantic (dare I say sparkling?) scene between Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the mysterious girl of his dreams — literally. Check it out below. 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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Oscars 2012 red carpet: George Clooney and Viola Davis win awards... from EW -- VIDEO

Last night, were you hoping to see the likes of Viola Davis and George Clooney pick up awards? Well, you’re in luck — though the actors didn’t win Oscars for their work in The Help and The Descendants this year, they did nab special awards from Entertainment Weekly, who reported from the Kodak Theater’s red carpet before the ceremony. Sure, winning Most Inspirational Speaker and Least Skin Shown in a Hawaii Movie might not be as satisfying as a little gold man, but at least they didn’t walk away empty-handed! What EW awards did Jason Segel, Jean Dujardin, Kristen Wiig, Glenn Close, and more win? Watch the video after the jump to find out, and to see a bonus performance from Rio‘s Original Song nominees. Hey, if Oscar won’t let them perform, we definitely will! READ FULL STORY

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