A new take on one of the most famous stories of all time, one of our favorite filmmakers starts to think about a project down the road, Catwoman puts another possible project on her plate and a four time Oscar-nominee gets another shot at gold. After the jump, read about these casting bits:

  • Chris Noth and Neve Campbell are in talks for Titanic: Blood and Steel, a prequel mini-series
  • Joaquin Phoenix is rumored to be circling a new Spike Jonze project
  • Anne Hathaway might star in a new romantic comedy being re-written by a 30 Rock writer
  • Annette Bening is attached to the Douglas McGrath’s new film Worst Year Of My Life

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Here’s a lovers and spouses collection of casting news, leading off with a nice change of pace report of an actor being cast as the ‘love interest’ for a major actress, rather than the other way around. After the break you’ll find:

  • Matt Dillon will woo Anette Bening in Imogene,
  • The Killing actress Mireille Enos joins Gangster Squad,
  • Stephanie Szostak cozies up to Ryan Reynolds in RIPD,
  • and some of the Jersey Shore knuckleheads appear with famous fictional whackos The Three Stooges.

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We’ve got a diverse set of projects on which to report in this latest casting break: a political prestige project, a more routine-sounding thriller, and a dark comedy with quite a good pedigree. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Brit Marling seems to have settled on Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep as her next big role,
  • Gerard Butler will play a rogue former FBI agent in The Bricklayer,
  • and Natasha Lyonne joins Kristen Wiig’s passion project, Imogene. Read More »

Glee star Darren Criss has landed a part in Imogene, a dark comedy by American Splendor directors Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini. The Michelle Morgan-penned script revolves around a New York playwright (Kristen Wiig) who fakes a suicide in order to get her ex-boyfriend’s attention. Instead of winning him back, however, she winds up forced to move in with her gambling-addicted “tacky Jersey Shore mother” (Annette Bening).

Criss will play “a younger love interest” who catches the eye of Wiig’s character, but let’s be real — the really intriguing bit of info here is the fact that Bening will be, as Vulture put it, “channel[ing] Snooki” to play “the mother who’s a little inappropriate all the time.” Shooting for the project will begin in New York City this summer. [ThePlaylist]

After the jump, Frank Grillo picks up two new roles on either side of the law, and Patricia Clarkson gets ready to scare the living daylights out of Ron Fucking Swanson.

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Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly leading the pack of actresses vying for David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, ahead of the likes of seemingly every rising (or recently risen) starlet in town. Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Andrea Riseborough, and Olivia Wilde were all among Lawrence’s competitors for the part. If the deal closes, Lawrence would begin shooting this fall after The Hunger Games wraps.

Based on a novel by Matthew Quick, the film will star Mark Wahlberg as a former high school teacher who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution, into the care of his mother. Lawrence would be playing a troubled young widow who eventually becomes a love interest for Wahlberg’s character. [ThePlaylist]

After the jump, Annette Bening mothers Kristen Wiig and Rhys Ifans gives some disappointing news.

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Last month, Nicole Kidman came in as a replacement for Sofia Vergara on The Paperboy, after Vergara and Tobey Maguire dropped out of the project due to scheduling issues. Now, a new actor has stepped up to fill Maguire’s role: John Cusack. Based on a 1955 novel by Pete Doctor, The Paperboy follows a reporter and his brother as they investigate a murder that put the suspect on death row. Cusack will play the part of the prisoner. Kidman, as previously reported, will be a woman who writes letters to inmates on death row.

The Paperboy marks Lee Daniels‘ follow-up to 2009′s Precious, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. The film will also star Zac Efron; Matthew McConaughey is currently in advanced negotiations. [Variety]

After the jump, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, Chris Messina, and Deborah Ann Woll sign up for the Little Miss Sunshine team’s new project.

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Warren Beatty’s New Movie is About Howard Hughes

Briefly: We just heard a few days ago that Warren Beatty will be working with Paramount to make a new, as-yet untitled comedy. He wrote and will direct, produce and star in the film. Now Deadline says that he will be playing famously reclusive billionaire and (later in life) total weirdo Howard Hughes. The site says the film isn’t a biopic, but will involve, in part, “an affair he had with a young woman in the later years of his life.” (I.e., when he was a total weirdo. This could be fun.) But, er, sorry, Christopher Nolan. Hope this doesn’t further stall your own Hughes film.

Meetings are reported with Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Shia La Beouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Rooney Mara for other roles, though no one is cast. Warren Beatty is beloved and has been away from the screen for a decade, so you can expect that he’ll round up a great cast for the film if his script is solid.

Most audiences probably wouldn’t recognize Josh Pence from his big role in The Social Network — after all, his face was completely edited out of the film — but it looks like the part’s paid off for Pence all the same. Pence has just joined the cast of The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin‘s upcoming HBO pilot More As This Story Develops, along with Broadway stars John Gallagher Jr. and Thomas Sadoski. Scott Rudin, who also produced The Social Network, is executive producing with Sorkin.

More As This Story Develops revolves around a cable news anchor named Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels) and his executive producer Mackenzie (Emily Mortimer) as they attempt to get their show back on track after a massive staff shake-up. Gallagher will play the part of Jim, who develops a crush on the show’s associate producer Maggie (Alison Pill), while Pence will play Maggie’s boyfriend and the show’s senior producer Rob. Sadoski will be an executive producer who left Will’s series to work for Will’s former protege. Olivia Munn and Sam Waterston are also set to star. [Deadline]

After the jump, Annette Bening and Robert De Niro consider new projects with the Little Miss Sunshine team and David O. Russell, respectively.

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